The Thunder scored just 89 points on a season-low 35.7 percent shooting at Memphis on Wednesday, marking one of the team's worst offensive performances of the season.
At halftime, the Thunder had just 38 points, two more than its season low, and was shooting just 34.2 percent.
“Both teams played extremely hard and physical and you can tell,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “It was hard to get baskets. It was hard to get in your offense. But I love the fact that our guys battled.”
OKC scored a mere 15 points in the opening period, setting a season low for points in the first quarter. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to go 1-for-11 for four points in the first frame and were just 6-for-20 at halftime.
The Thunder went 2-for-18 from 3-point range and had a season-low nine assists on the night.
“I knew when we were not making shots early in the game we would keep fighting and playing aggressive and give ourselves a chance to win,” Brooks said. “That's what we've done for a lot of years now. And that's not going to change.
“After our bad 3-point shooting (Tuesday) night I didn't think we'd go 2-for-18, because we're nearly at 40 percent for the year. So that means we've got some good games coming up.”
IBAKA PLAYS ON
Serge Ibaka suited up and played 22 minutes despite sustaining a gash above his right eye Tuesday night.
The cut required three stitches and Ibaka to play with a sizable bandage over his eye. Ibaka was inadvertently elbowed in the face by teammate Reggie Jackson late in the fourth quarter against Denver when Jackson leapt for an offensive rebound.
It's the opposite eye that swelled up when Ibaka fell into Tim Duncan's knee in a recent game against San Antonio.
“I'm not concerned,” Brooks said. “He's fine.”
Ibaka finished with two points, six rebounds and two blocked shots against the Grizzlies. Blood dripped down Ibaka's cheek from beneath the bandage throughout various moments of the game.
Russell Westbrook was called for a technical with 10:06 remaining in the first quarter for arguing a no-call. It is his 11th of the season. … The Thunder's bench outscored the Grizzlies' 28-22. … OKC's 89 points narrowly eclipsed its season low for points in a game. The Thunder scored just 84 points in the season opener at San Antonio. … Kendrick Perkins grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds Wednesday. It was one shy of tying the most he's ever had as a member of the Thunder. … Derek Fisher went scoreless on 0-for-4 shooting Wednesday. … Perkins, Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha, the Thunder's three non-All-Star starters, scored nine points on 2-for-8 shooting.