Williams' dishes help Griz rule Thunder
LAS VEGAS -- The Memphis Grizzlies (1-0) led from the entire way in their 86-57 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder (0-1) Sunday evening in both teams' debut at the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports from the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The 29-point win is the largest margin of victory for a team thus far through 11 games of action.
The Grizzlies staked themselves to a quick 7-0 lead through the first 1:46 of action. Hasheem Thabeet, the 2nd overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, put his squad up for good when he connected on a free throw 12 seconds into the game.
Marcus Williams dished out the game's first assist 53 seconds into the game on a jumper made by Sam Young. Williams' assist was the first of 17, which ranks as the most ever in NBA Summer League action and was the first double figures tallied in that category thus far in 2009.
"I think I did pretty well out there It was a good game to get my feet wet and we came out with the victory, which is always the most important," said Young on the game. "It was a great game to build momentum off of, as a player and a team."
Memphis pushed out to a 13-5 lead with help from a Thabeet dunk, but then watched as Oklahoma City rallied in the final 4:59 of the first quarter. The Thunder notched 10 of the frame's final 14 points to close the first 10 minutes trailing 17-15.
The second quarter began just like the first, as Memphis racked up the first seven tallies en route to holding a 12-point edge for most of the stanza. The Grizzlies led by as much as 15 when Marcus Williams connected on a layup with 28 seconds left before the half. They wound up going into the intermission up 10 at 42-32.
Memphis extended its lead to 14 through the first 30 minutes before putting the game out of reach with a 22-7 showing in the fourth quarter. The Thunder shot a paltry 2-of-14 (14 percent) from the field in the final 10 minutes with three points coming from free throws.
Sam Young was one of four Grizzlies to put up double digits in the points column, going 6-of-10 from the field for a team-leading 14 points.
Darrell Arthur and DeMarre Carroll followed Young's output with 11 points apiece, while Jeff Adrien rounded out the foursome with 10 of his own.
Both squads return to action on Tuesday, July 14. Memphis will open up the day's play with a 6 p.m. ET tilt against the New York Knicks in the Cox Pavilion, while Oklahoma City will play the Los Angeles Lakers at 8:30 p.m. ET in the Thomas & Mack Center.
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