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OKLAHOMA CITY â€” 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 nightâ€™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.