MEMPHIS (AP) — Grayson Allen and Jonas Valanciunas each scored 22 points and Ja Morant posted his first tripledouble of the season as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-113 on Wednesday night. Six Memphis players scored in double figures. Kyle Anderson had 20 points, Dillon Brooks scored 17 points and Morant finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists for the third tripledouble in his career. “Ja makes the game easier for a lot of people when he’s aggressive, whether he’s scoring the ball or sharing it, setting us up with easy shots,” Anderson said. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 22 points in his return after missing four games with a left knee strain. Mike Muscala added 21 points, including 5-for-9 shooting from 3-point range. Darius Bazley finished with 18 points as Oklahoma City lost for the fifth time in six games. The game was close through three-plus quarters as neither team built the lead to double digits. But a 19-3 run by Memphis early in the fourth quarter lifted the Grizzlies to a 105-90 lead near the midway point of the frame. The Thunder chipped away but never really threatened the rest of the way. “The ball didn’t go in our favor. They got a couple of offensive rebounds. We didn’t make enough shots,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “Nights like that happen. … We just didn’t do enough defensively and offensively.” Both teams were playing the second night of a back-toback after losing on Tuesday. The Thunder lost to Portland, and the Grizzlies by 31 to the New Orleans Pelicans. “It was very important that we came back with a win after a tough night (against New Orleans),” Anderson said. And the Thunder had another issue, being unable to get out of Oklahoma City after Tuesday’s loss. The team flew into Memphis on Wednesday afternoon, arriving about two hours before game time. While Oklahoma City players continually said there were no excuses, they were outscored in the fourth quarter 36-28 as Memphis built its lead.

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