OKLAHOMA CITY —
"He’s seems like a guy that’s taking advantage of his opportunity,” Brooks said of Lee. “When he got traded, he’s playing good basketball for them. He gives them another threat. They don’t take a lot of threes, but he’s the guy that can make threes. And make multiple threes and in back to back possessions.”
Lee was held to six points in the first period and the Thunder held a 20-18 advantage.
Ibaka pummeled on the Grizzlies on the backboard in the first half. He had a double-double before halftime. His offensive rebounds allowed Oklahoma City to rack up 13 second chance points.
The Thunder ended the first half on a 20-4 run to take a 51-36 halftime advantage.
Memphis grinded down Oklahoma City’s lead to five points midway through the period. Gasol and Randolph began to pick up their offensive aggression and tried to take over the contest.
Notes: With Memphis guard Mike Conley out with a sprained ankle for at least a week, the Grizzlies signed G Darius Morris to a 10-day contract. But it was G Nick Calathes who got the start in Conley’s place. After leading his team to a 12-3 record in the month of January, Memphis coach David Joerger was named the Western Conference coach of the month.
“Certainly getting Marc (Gasol) back has been important,” Joerger said. “But we started playing well.” ... Oklahoma City F Kevin Durant has been paying attention to the debate on what his nickname should be.
While he hasn’t offered any options, he does know the Slim Reaper is not his favorite. “I’m here to shine a bright light, not here to be a guy of death,” Durant said.
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