NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Memphis 32 21 19 23 95
Oklahoma City 27 24 32 34 117
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CTNaN:� , February 7, 2019
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  Attendance: 18,203

Westbrook, Thunder look to stay hot vs. Grizzlies

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According to STATS

Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder

  1. The Thunder have won the last seven games between these teams. The only longer win streak between these franchises was an eleven-game streak by the Seattle SuperSonics over the Vancouver Grizzlies from December 21, 1995 to March 16, 1999.
  2. The Grizzlies held on to defeat the Timberwolves in Memphis on Tuesday, 108-106, giving them back-to-back wins for the first time this calendar year. Memphis is 2-13 in its last 15 road games after starting the season 7-6 in its first 13 contests away from home.
  3. The Thunder defeated the Magic in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, 132-122, their 13th home game this season with 120-plus points scored. The Bucks, Sixers and Blazers are the only other teams with as many such home games this season and no team has scored 120 points at home more than 13 times.
  4. Jaren Jackson Jr. had 23 points in the win over the Timberwolves, his tenth game this season with 20-plus points. The Grizzlies are 7-3 when Jackson has 20 or more points this season, the best record for any rookie with multiple 20-point games this season.
  5. Russell Westbrook had 16 points, 16 assists and 15 rebounds in the win over the Magic, his seventh consecutive game with a triple-double. Westbrook has matched his career-long streak of consecutive triple-doubles (twice) and is two games shy of the longest streak in NBA history (Wilt Chamberlain, nine).
  6. The Thunder have attempted 93.3 field goals per game this season, the highest average in the NBA. The Grizzlies have attempted 82.7 field goals per game, the lowest average in the league (the next closest team, Utah -- 85.3, is closer to the 20th-ranked team, Indiana -- 87.7, than to Memphis).

With Paul George handling the biggest part of the scoring load for the Oklahoma City Thunder so far this season, it's taken some time for Russell Westbrook to adjust.

For much of the season, the Thunder (34-19) have been carried by their defense. But over the last two weeks, as Westbrook has put together a historic streak of triple-doubles, Oklahoma City's offense has been carrying the load, with Westbrook at the center of it.

Thursday, the Thunder host the Memphis Grizzlies with Westbrook looking to become just the second player in NBA history to record eight consecutive triple-doubles.

"I can't say enough for the credit he deserves for our offense being at the level it's at," George said.

During the streak, Westbrook has averaged 14.4 assists per game and less than three 3-point attempts. In his first 38 games of the season, Westbrook averaged 10.5 assists and nearly five 3-point tries, despite making just 24.2 percent.

He's driving to the basket more and creating looks for teammates, including George, who is averaging 35.9 points per game during Westbrook's streak.

Westbrook is one of only four players -- along with Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson -- to have a streak of seven or more triple-doubles in a row. Only Chamberlain has recorded more than seven consecutive, when he had nine straight in 1968.

It's Westbrook's third career streak of seven consecutive triple-doubles. He hasn't been able to extend it to eight, though.

Late in the 2016-17 season, Westbrook finished one rebound short of extending the streak against the Grizzlies in a game where he scored 45 points. Earlier that season, he finished four assists short of extending another seven-game streak.

No major deals are expected by the Thunder before Thursday's trade deadline, though they could make a move to shore up their depth.

Memphis (22-33), though, could look like a completely different team by the time Thursday's game rolls around.

Veterans Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, who have spent all of their combined 23 seasons in the league with the Grizzlies, could both be dealt by the deadline. The two are the longest-tenured active teammates in the league.

Gasol was held out of Tuesday's win over Minnesota with reports surfacing that he could be dealt to Charlotte, though no deal had been announced as of Wednesday afternoon. Gasol received a standing ovation once he made his way to the Memphis bench during the game.

Conley did play, scoring 25 points in his 771st and potentially final game with the Grizzlies.

"It's tough," Conley said after the game. "Not having 1/8Gasol 3/8 out there tonight is tough in itself. But knowing what's possible after tonight is going to be hard for a lot of us, especially myself, knowing how many years we played together and knowing this is basically the last opportunity to be around him in the Grizzlies organization is surreal."

Memphis comes into the game having won two consecutive games but is just 10-28 after a promising 12-5 start to the season.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 6, 2019

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