Westbrook scores 40, Enes 16 but Thunder still loses

Serge Ibaka had 18 and Turkish center Enes Kanter scored 16. Steven Adams and Dion Waiters finished with 14 apiece. But their combined efforts were not enough to save the Thunder from losing 122-114 to the Grizzles.

Newcomer Mario Chalmers scored 16 of his season-high 29 points in the fourth quarter and the Grizzlies held on for victory. Chalmers, picked up in a trade with the Miami Heat last week, converted 6 of 13 shots, including 4 of 7 from outside the arc, as five Grizzlies reached double figures. Mike Conley had 22, Jeff Green scored 20, while Marc Gasol added 17. Zach Randolph finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Oklahoma City shot 51 percent, including 10 of 24 from outside the arc. But Memphis converted 12 of 17 3-pointers.

The Thunder were without Kevin Durant, who missed his third straight game with a left hamstring strain.

Memphis benefited from 19 Oklahoma City turnovers compared to 10 for the Grizzlies.

After Memphis took its largest lead of the game at 106-95 on a pair of free throws by JaMychal Green with 3:40 left, Westbrook tried to bring the Thunder back.

He fueled a 10-2 rally that pulled Oklahoma City within 108-105 with 1:26 left.

But 3-pointers by Conley and JaMychal Green put the game away for Memphis, which won its third straight.

Memphis had three players in double figures at the break, including 14 from Conley, as the Grizzlies took a 58-52 lead into halftime.

Westbrook had 11 points, and like Conley, was 5 of 7 from the field.

Memphis actually took the lead to as many as 10 before settling on the halftime advantage.

Westbrook took over the Oklahoma City offense in the third, collecting 17 points in the frame. Rookie Cameron Payne connected on a 3-pointer at the end of the period to give OKC an 80-79 entering the fourth.

The Thunder led 83-82 when Waiters split a pair of free throws with 10:29 left. That’s when Chalmers scored eight straight points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Other NBA results: Dallas 92, Philadelphia 86; Chicago 96, Indiana 95; Boston 111, Houston 95; San Antonio 93, Portland 80; Phoenix 120, LA Lakers 101.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN