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    Ja Morant posts 7th career triple-double as Grizzlies rip Thunder

    Dec 8, 2022
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    Ja Morant stuffs the stat sheet against Josh Giddey and the Thunder.
    PHOTO: AP

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ja Morant had 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies used a second-half flurry to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 123-102 on Wednesday night (Thursday, Manila time).

    Grizzlies vs Thunder recap

    Morant's triple-double was his second this season and the seventh of his career, and his 13 rebounds tied a career high. Dillon Brooks added 24 points and Brandon Clarke finished with 17 points as the Grizzlies won their season-best fourth straight.

    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 26 points but was 4 of 14 from the field and 1 of 4 from outside the arc. Tre Mann scored 12 points and Eugene Omoruyi had 11 for Oklahoma City, which saw its three-game winning streak end.

    Memphis broke open the game in the second half, outscoring the Thunder 66-50, including 29-15 in the fourth quarter.

    Oklahoma City struggled from the field in the first half but converted enough free throws and 3-pointers to stay close. Memphis, meanwhile, started 1 of 10 from outside the arc.

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    That led to Memphis holding a 57-52 lead at the break. But Oklahoma City managed to hang around at the start of the third despite Brooks hitting his first three 3-point attempts.

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      Thunder: F Lu Dort was scratched with a left knee contusion. Dort had been the only Oklahoma City player to start every game this season. ... Gilgeous-Alexander had a streak of seven straight games of at least 30 points come to an end. ... Oklahoma City fell to 1-7 when scoring fewer than 110 points.

      Grizzlies: F Ziaire Williams returned after missing the first 24 games of the season with right patellar tendinitis, scoring four points in 19 minutes. ... Memphis scored 62 points in the paint, its ninth straight game with at least 50.

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      Thunder: Continue a five-game trip at Cleveland on Saturday.

      Grizzlies: Host Detroit on Friday.

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      Ja Morant stuffs the stat sheet against Josh Giddey and the Thunder.
      PHOTO: AP
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