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Grizzlies beat Thunder, notch first restart win

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Friday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder saw the Memphis Grizzlies do something they haven’t in a while: win.

Led by Dillon Brooks’s 22 points, Memphis (33-37) beat Oklahoma City (42-26) 121-92, an especially strong win considering the Grizzlies were 0-4 since the NBA’s Orlando bubble restart. Memphis is competing for the Western Conference’s No. 8-seed and a playoff berth.

The Thunder went out to a 37-25 lead by the end of the first quarter, but the Grizzlies roared back with a 38-point second quarter. Memphis held Oklahoma City to just 18 points in the third period and 14 in the fourth.

“As a whole, we never doubted ourselves, doubted what we can accomplish as a team,” Memphis guard Ja Morant told The Associated Press. “We all was very confident in our team and feel like tonight, we just went out and played freely and we were able to come out with a win.”

Morant scored 19 points, as did Jonas Valanciunas, who also totaled 11 rebounds.

The Grizzlies will look to keep their newfound momentum alive in a Sunday matchup with the reigning-champion Toronto Raptors. The game will tip off at 2 p.m. EST.

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