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Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Russell Westbrook added 21 points and nine assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Memphis 106-89 Thursday night in the Grizzlies' first game since trading away leading-scorer Rudy Gay.
Memphis struggled mightily in the first half and trailed by 26 in the third quarter before a mini-implosion by the Thunder that featured Westbrook getting benched after a dust-up with his teammates.
It still didn't provide a big enough opening for the Grizzlies, who were playing short-handed while waiting for trade acquisitions Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and Ed Davis to arrive and pass physicals.
Jerryd Bayless led Memphis with 23 points. Zach Randolph missed his first 10 shots and wound up with nine points and 19 rebounds.
The Grizzlies were already short on numbers after dealing away reserves Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington and Josh Selby for Jon Leuer about a week earlier and with Quincy Pondexter out with a sprained ligament in his left knee.
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Rudy Gay talked about why this win against the Clippers was extra sweet, getting three ovations from the crowd in his debut in Toronto, his respect for DeMar DeRozan and why this team has the potential to improve on the defensive end.
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Former UConn Huskies small forward Rudy Gay has a new home in the NBA as his former team, the Memphis Grizzlies, has traded him to the Toronto Raptors in a three-team deal that also included the Detroit Pistons.
Here's how that trade breaks down:
Raptors get - Rudy Gay (Grizzlies), Hammed Haddadi (Grizzlies)
Grizzlies get - Ed Davis (Raptors), Tayshaun Prince (Pistons...
According to Marc Stein on ESPN, the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors in a trade that also involves the Detroit Pistons.
The Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors have agreed in principle on a trade that will send leading scorer Rudy Gay to the Raptors, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.
Sources told ESPN.com the Grizzlies will...
Rudy Gay is the centerpiece of a three-team trade involving the Raptors, Grizzlies and Pistons.
On Friday morning, Rudy Gay was still in Memphis. Physically, I mean. Though he’s been a Toronto Raptor since Wednesday, Gay didn’t actually arrive in Canada until this afternoon, when he passed his physical examination and a crash course in Dwayne Casey’s playbook. Hours later, he was showered with cheers from his new faithful when he got up off the bench to replace Landry...
Make Russell Westbrook mad, and it's anybody's guess what will happen next.
In his rise to stardom in the NBA, Westbrook has shown off an All-Star temper to go with his unique blend of athleticism and determination.
His latest outburst came in anything but a pressure-packed situation Thursday night. He snapped at teammates and stormed off toward the locker room after a...
The first domino before the February 21 trade deadline fell Wednesday when the Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay to the Raptors for Jose Calderon and Ed Davis and then sent Calderon to the Pistons for Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye.
It was not quite the deal everyone expected for Gay, but it was not totally unexpected that Gay would get moved. Memphis is desperate to get under the tax...
Wow, was last night a slow night in sports. Two NBA games, both decided by double digits, and a bunch of hockey. The most interesting thing we saw involved Thunder guard Russell Westbrook acting like an immature child after being called for a 5-second violation.
Yes, they actually call that in the NBA.
The Thunder were up 65-40, handing the Rudy Gay-less Grizzlies with ease. Westbrook...
Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.
1: Brand new Gay
The Raptors have lost their fair share of games this season. There was still some palpable excitement entering Friday's game at Air Canada Centre. It probably helped that Blake Griffin and the Clippers were in town. But the excitement grew as a bona fide star in...
I’ve heard of players being upset during a game, but this is a first. Russell Westbrook was very upset on the bunch during Thursdays Thunder-Grizzlies game, so much so as to throw a tantrum on the bench, and then storm off: TNT’s live broadcast reported that Westbrook was angry towards Kevin Durant, Royce Young of [...]
The Memphis Grizzlies' first game without Rudy Gay was hardly one to remember, but they might have a better chance to win in their next one.
While hoping the new players from this week's trade can get on the court soon, Memphis will try to earn its eighth consecutive home win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
The Grizzlies (29-16) had only nine players available...
Despite a hefty contract, the Toronto Raptors hope the addition of Rudy Gay will help them turn around their season and make a serious push for the playoffs.
The veteran small forward could debut with his new team Friday night when the Raptors look to avoid a fourth straight loss while trying to continue their recent home success against the Los Angeles Clippers.
TORONTO -- Rudy Gay scored 20 points after coming off the bench in his first game for the Toronto Raptors to lead them to a 98-73 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers before a crowd of 19,800 at Air Canada Centre. Forward Amir Johnson scored 19 points and grabbed a season-best 16 rebounds as the Raptors ended a three-game losing streak. Johnson's rebounds equaled a career...