Each played 44 minutes in a come-from-behind win Monday at Detroit, contributing to a 13-0 run to start the fourth quarter and dig out of an 11-point hole.
But not this time.
"Every game is important for us. That's how we always view our games. We have 82 big games a year. We have to give everything we have each game and not worry about saving anything for the next game," Brooks said.
Marc Gasol chipped in 14 points as the Grizzlies continued the best start in franchise history and moved to 7-1. They took control by outscoring Oklahoma City by 21 in the second quarter, and never gave it up.
Quincy Pondexter contributed 13 points and Jerryd Bayless scored 12 as Memphis came out ahead in a tussle between teams with retooled benches. The Grizzlies let O.J. Mayo leave in free agency and the Thunder traded Sixth Man of the Year James Harden to Houston.
Kevin Martin, who's filling Harden's old role, had a season-low seven points on just four shots.
Pondexter and the second unit brought the Grizzlies back after they'd fallen behind 30-20 after the first quarter, getting held to just 32 percent from the field. Pondexter hit a pair of 3-pointers and a couple free throws during a 16-6 burst to start the second quarter, and Memphis kept rolling as the starters rotated back in.
Another Pondexter 3 put Memphis ahead 44-41 and the Grizzlies scored the final 10 points of the half, including a two-handed dunk by Gay off of Pondexter's alley-oop, to go up 56-45.
In all, the Thunder were outscored 36-15 in the second quarter while taking their turn making just 32 percent of their shots.
Memphis led by as much as 16 in the first 3 minutes of the second half.
"We're doing it by committee, the whole entire team. Not just the bench, not just the starters. I think collectively we're doing a really good job right now," Pondexter said. "We just have to keep this going.
"I think everyone on this team is really all in, all focused and that's just helping us out right now."
NOTES: Gasol also got a technical in the third quarter for taking the ball out of the net and raking it across Westbrook's face after a basket by Westbrook. ... The Grizzlies had just one turnover in the first half — when Bayless failed to connect with Gasol on a pass into the lane and Ibaka came away with it. ... Oklahoma City reserve Hasheem Thabeet spent a few moments at halftime chatting with ex-teammates and staff on the Memphis sideline. "I'm happy that he's still in the league and happy that he's doing well," Hollins said.