O. J. Mayo was a no-show tonight: bronchitis. Turns out, the Grizzlies didn’t really need him: Tony Allen filled in brilliantly, and on-again off-again Memphis was on and then some, utterly blistering the Thunder on the glass en route to a 110-105 win.
And it wasn’t just Allen, though he posted a season-high 19 points. Both Zach Randolph (31 points, 16 rebounds) and Rudy Gay (27 points) pretty much had their way with a porous Oklahoma City defense. Memphis grabbed 42 rebounds, twelve offensive, while OKC managed only 31, with three off the offensive glass: the Thunder were the very definition of “one and done” much of the night. (Second-chance points: 18-8.)
The Westbrook-Durant combine had 28 points on each side, and James Harden added 17 from the bench. Technically, OKC outshot the Griz, 51.3 to 51.2 percent, but Memphis hit four more shots. The Thunder, as usual, were hot stuff from the stripe 22 of 25 but Memphis also managed 22 points from the line, albeit with five more attempts.
I am not exactly looking forward to seeing this bunch of Grizzlies again. Unfortunately, they’ll be in town Saturday night. Between now and then, there’s a trip to, um, Dallas. I have to figure, if the Mavs can compensate for losing Dirk Nowitzki, they can certainly compensate for losing Caron Butler.
Addendum: Bronchitis? Maybe not so much.