Memphis Slump Continues: OKC's Trio Torches Grizzlies for 5th Straight Loss

Across the NBA, Oklahoma City reigns supreme as Toronto thrashes short-handed Charlotte, Morant returns soon after 25-game suspension

by Sededin Dedovic
Memphis Slump Continues: OKC's Trio Torches Grizzlies for 5th Straight Loss
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The Oklahoma City Thunder continued their streak, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 116-97 and handing them their fifth straight loss. Shay Gilgeous-Alexander led the way for the Thunder, scoring 30 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

Chet Holmgren was not far behind, with a solid 17 points and six rebounds. Josh Giddey completed the dominant trio with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. Memphis struggled to mount a consistent response, but it wasn't enough despite Ziara Williams' 19-point, seven-rebound, five-assist performance.

Desmond Bey poured in 17 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Thunder's collective firepower. Ja Morant has not played for a long time and now his suspension has expired and he will be able to help his team. The superstar guard returns for their next clash against New Orleans after serving a 25-game suspension for weapons-related incidents.

His explosive presence will surely give wind to the back team from Memphis. The battle for Western Conference supremacy is heating up.

Toronto better than Charlotte

The Toronto Raptors soared to a convincing 114-99 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night, led by Pascal Siakam's dynamic performance.

Siakam was the catalyst for the Raptors' offense, erupting for a team-high 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. Scottie Barnes provided a double-double of his own, contributing 22 points, 17 rebounds, and 7 assists. Gary Trent Jr.

joined the scoring party with 22 points and 10 assists. The Hornets found their offensive leader in Terry Rozier, who notched 22 points and 7 assists. P.J. Washington chipped in with 15 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals.

Bryce McGowens rounded out the double-digit scorers with 14 points. Charlotte were weakened by missing their own share of firepower. LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward, Mark Williams, and Miles Bridges were all unavailable. Bridges, in particular, was barred from entering Canada due to past legal issues.

The Raptors capitalized on the Hornets' depleted lineup, building a comfortable lead early and never looking back. This win solidifies the Raptors' position in the Eastern Conference playoff race