Thunder tames Grizzlies

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder returned home from its six-game road trip to face the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs have reeled off nine straight wins to take a one-and-a-half game lead on the Thunder (tied in the loss column) in the race for the best record in the National Basketball Association heading into Thursday night’s game.The Thunder needed a win to keep pace with the Spurs, and to avenge a mid-November loss at home to these same Grizzlies.The Thunder shot 12 of 15 in the first quarter for a 32-22 lead, and then its defense held Memphis to just two points over the first six-plus minutes of the second quarter and pushed out to a 19-point (43-24) lead and cruised to the eventual 106-89 victory.