At halftime, the Thunder led the Grizzlies 56-34 in what was a complete, diabolical beatdown. The way the Thunder swarmed and suffocated a good Grizzlies team made it seem almost a miracle when Memphis stumbled their way to two points.
But it was funny, because even with a 22-point lead, it felt like it should’ve been more like 62 with the way Oklahoma City absolutely demolished Memphis. The way the Thunder played, though, gave a look like yep, they were simply just waiting for this to turn off the dimmer and go full sun. They had the look of a potential playoff buzzsaw, taking that coasting nonsense from the last month and punting it from the top row of Loud City.
And then the third quarter started.