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NBA: Grizzlies set record with 73-point winning margin

December 03, 2021 14:53 IST
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San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Bryn Forbes (7) shoots the ball over Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Ben McLemore (23) during the second half of their NBA game at Moda Center at Portland, Oregon on Thursday

IMAGE: San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Bryn Forbes (7) shoots the ball over Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Ben McLemore (23) during the second half of their NBA game at Moda Center at Portland, Oregon on Thursday. Photograph: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 27 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a franchise record for points and the biggest winning margin in NBA history, 152-79 over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.

The previous NBA record for largest margin of victory was 68, by the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Miami Heat on December 17, 1991. Memphis' previous record for points was 144, set in January 2007 against the Golden State Warriors.

 

The Grizzlies, who had nine players score in double figures, stretched their winning streak to three. They managed the record blowout despite the absence of their leading scorer, Ja Morant, who is sidelined due to a knee injury.

The Thunder have lost eight in a row and 10 of their past 11. Luguentz Dort scored a team-high 15 points for Oklahoma City, which was without leading scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (concussion protocol).

Suns 114, Pistons 103

Cameron Johnson and Cameron Payne had 19 points and six rebounds apiece and host Phoenix set a franchise record with its 18th consecutive victory by defeating Detroit.

Mikal Bridges supplied 18 points for the Suns, while Deandre Ayton contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds and Chris Paul added 12 points and 12 assists. The Suns didn't have top scorer Devin Booker, who injured his hamstring during the team's record-tying victory over Golden State on Tuesday.

Jerami Grant's 34 points led the Pistons, who have lost eight straight. Cade Cunningham had 19 points and five assists and Isaiah Stewart added 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Raptors 97, Bucks 93

Fred VanVleet scored 26 of his 29 points in the second half and Toronto ended visiting Milwaukee's eight-game winning streak.

The Bucks were without Giannis Antetokounmpo (sore calf). DeMarcus Cousins (rest) also did not play after making his Bucks debut on Wednesday. Jrue Holiday led Milwaukee with 26 points, and Khris Middleton added 22.

Pascal Siakam added 20 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter for the Raptors, who ended a five-game home losing streak. Toronto was without OG Anunoby (hip pointer) and Khem Birch (knee).

Bulls 119, Knicks 115

DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points and Nikola Vucevic and Zach LaVine each added 27 to lift visiting Chicago to a victory over New York.

DeRozan made 12 of 19 shots from the floor and 10 of 11 from the free-throw line. Vucevic followed up a season-high 30-point performance in Chicago's 133-119 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday by making 5 of 9 shots from 3-point range against New York.

Julius Randle collected 30 points and 12 rebounds, and Alec Burks and Evan Fournier each added 16 for the Knicks, who have lost two in a row and 10 of their past 16 games.

Spurs 114, Trail Blazers 83

Bryn Forbes led all scorers with 18 points as visiting San Antonio took charge early and cruised past Portland to capture its season-high third straight victory.

The Spurs never trailed, amassing a double-digit lead in the first quarter that they built to as much as 27 early in the third period. Doug McDermott returned from missing four games with a knee injury to score 16 points, and Dejounte Murray tallied 15 points and distributed 13 assists.

CJ McCollum and Norman Powell scored 16 points each to lead the Trail Blazers. Portland was without Damian Lillard (abdomen) and Nassir Little (ankle).

Nets' Mills wins top Australian sporting award

Brooklyn Nets point guard Patty Mills became the first basketball player to receive Australia's highest sporting honour, the Don Award, after leading the national team to their first Olympic medal in Tokyo.

Mills, who became Australia's first indigenous flagbearer at the Tokyo Olympics, scored 42 points as Australia claimed bronze with a third-place playoff win over Slovenia.

"I never set out to win awards like this, I go about my craft as a professional and learn ways to get better and do so in carrying myself in a way I think I can inspire others," Mills said after receiving his award.

The Don Award, named after Australian cricketing great Don Bradman, is presented annually at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame awards to the athlete or team who has most inspired the nation over the year.

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