It was a game of historic proportions. And the Memphis Grizzlies were on the right side. As the final buzzer sounded at FedExForum, fans stood and cheered as the Grizzlies won by the largest margin in NBA history, 152-79 on Thursday night. The 73-point win surpassed a 68-point victory by the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Miami Heat on Dec. 17, 1991. The Grizzlies also broke the franchise record for most points in a game. The Grizzlies didn't waste time pouncing early and then poured it in record fashion. When John Konchar flew in for a thunderous dunk over Isaiah Roby in the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies surpassed their previous franchise record of 144 points.
Their 152-79 win over the Thunder shattered the NBA record for the largest margin of victory. "At that moment, I didn't know it was a franchise record,'' Konchar said. "I just kind of saw the lane, and I dunked it. But it's awesome.'' The 73-point margin easily topped the previous mark, which was Cleveland's 68-point win over Miami. The Cavaliers topped the Heat 148-80 on Dec. 17, 1991. "Tonight is not necessarily who we are,'' Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. "I think we've definitely shown that from a competitive standpoint. This isn't indicative of who our team is.''
The Grizzlies set a franchise record for shooting, making 62.5% of their shots. De'Anthony Melton scored 19 points, Santi Aldama scored 18 and John Konchar scored 17 for the Grizzlies, and none of those three players even started. "Man, it feels great. It feels great to be in the history books, especially in front of our home crowd,'' Melton said. "And we did it one through 15. Everybody contributed, everybody played hard and we all got to get in the game. So, it's always a blessing. "We knew with [Morant] going down what we had to do. We had to step up.''
Memphis Grizzlies PR: According to @EliasSports, the @Memphis Grizzlies are the third @NBA team in the last 25 seasons to win three consecutive games in wire-to-wire fashion. The Grizzlies join the Los Angeles Clippers in 2015 and Chicago Bulls in 2012.
StatMuse: Luka Doncic has tied Oscar Robertson for the most triple-doubles before turning 23 with 38 triple-doubles. Luka turns 23 next February.
Nets star Kevin Durant said it "means the world" to him to pass Hall of Famer Allen Iverson for 25th on the NBA's all-time scoring list during Brooklyn's 123-104 victory over the Celtics here at TD Garden on Wednesday night. "I mean, it means the world. I dedicated my life to this game at an early age ... so I watched all these guys that I'm like passing up," Durant said after scoring 21 points for the Nets, who improved to an Eastern Conference-leading 14-5.
"I wanted to be like them. I wanted to be in the NBA like them, and make an impact in the league like them. So Iverson, he was the pantheon for me. One of those guys that I emulated every time I went outside and played with my friends. It's all surreal. I pictured I would be in the league, and had an idea ... but to do it is pretty special." For Durant, the meaning of passing Iverson is two-fold. Not only was he a kid when Iverson first exploded onto the NBA scene in the 1996-97 season, but growing up in the Washington, D.C., area, he got a front-row seat to Iverson's college exploits at Georgetown.
Jorge Sierra: With his barrage of threes Sunday, Patrick Mills moved up six spots in the all-time three-pointers list to No. 60. He's now ahead of Derek Fisher, Shane Battier, CJ Miles, Stephen Jackson, Clifford Robinson and Vernon Maxwell. He's only 14 threes away (two games?) from Kyrie.
StatMuse: Stephen Curry has passed Ray Allen for the most threes in NBA history including playoffs. Steph has played in 585 fewer games.
Duane Rankin: "We keep acting like this is normal. When we go in the locker room afterward, 'Oh he passed Steve Nash, Mark Jackson. Game ball.' It's bigger than that, man. It really is." Devin Booker on Chris Paul rising up to 3rd all-time on the #NBA75 career assists list. #Suns
Gerald Bourguet: Monty on Chris Paul moving into 3rd on the NBA's all-time assist list: "I'm just happy to be along for the ride. When we traded for Chris, I had no idea, 'cause you don't look at it." Called it a "running deal" with him moving up all these historic lists
Phoenix guard Chris Paul passed two of the NBA's great playmakers to move into third in NBA history in assists during Tuesday night's 112-100 victory over the New Orleans. Paul moved into third when he notched his eighth assist of the game with 1:33 left in the second quarter with a pass to Jae Crowder for an open 3-pointer to give him 10,336 for his career.
Paul entered the game fifth all-time with 10,328 assists, six behind Mark Jackson (10,334) and seven behind Steve Nash (10,335). He passed Jackson and tied Nash with a pass to Devin Booker that led to a 3-pointer with 4:17 left in the first. "It's amazing," Paul said in the postgame interview with TNT. "My family's here, my dad, who put the ball in my hands when it first started. And playing against New Orleans, where it all started for me. That city will always be my family for me."
Eric Woodyard: #Pistons rookie Cade Cunningham is 3-22 from the field through his first 2 games. In the Shot Clock Era (since 1954-55), that's the second-worst start from the floor through a player's first two career games (min. 15 FGA), per @ESPNStatsInfo .
Michael Scotto: LaMarcus Aldridge just became the 48th player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points. He’s the seventh active player to reach that milestone, joining Kevin Durant, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook. pic.twitter.com/tcD8xF8UN3
Steve Nash: Steve Nash on LaMarcus Aldridge's night "That was a really important performance, and to cap it off he went into 20,000 which is incredible territory and a testament to what a career he's had"
Carmelo Anthony said the best part about passing Moses Malone for No. 9 on the all-time scoring list in the Los Angeles Lakers' 121-118 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday is the level he's been able to sustain nearly two decades into his NBA career. "I'm still here doing it," Anthony said after scoring 18 of his team-high 28 points in the second half to seal the victory. "I think that's what I'm honestly excited about. I'm here in year 19 still doing what I'm able to do. Still passionate about the game. Still passionate about coming to work every day and getting better. And what a better night to reach ninth than with a win, the way that we needed a win tonight."
James, who along with Anthony make up the first pair of 19-year veterans to ever play together in league history, also was sure to bring up how the league recently turned a cold shoulder toward Anthony. "He's been doing it for quite a while and it's just beautiful to continue to see, especially when you know, they gave up on him," James said.
January 25, 2022 | 8:26 pm EST Update
Josh Lewenberg: Wow, Justin Champagnie and PJ Washington are both ejected for what looked like a pretty minor scuffle. So the Raptors, who were already without VanVleet, Barnes and Birch, are down another body. Watanabe checks in, and… wait… is that Malachi Flynn’s music?
January 25, 2022 | 7:02 pm EST Update
Chris Haynes: Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis (MCL sprain) will return tonight against the Brooklyn Nets after a month-long absence and will be on a minutes restriction, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @YahooSports.
Boston Celtics: Coach Udoka says of Jayson Tatum building on his 51-point, 10-rebound, 7-assist effort, “The thing we liked about last game was he mixed it up well … Shot it well from the start and got downhill, made the right play whether he was scoring or making passes.”