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Thunder set franchise record for three-pointers in win over Grizzlies

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The Oklahoma City Thunder bounced back from a home defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday by securing a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

The Thunder ensured they headed into the All-Star break on a positive note as they dispatched Memphis 121-114 on the road.

They were inspired by Russell Westbrook who posted his 17th triple-double of the season with 23 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds on the night.

OKC almost squandered a 22-point lead and needed a late surge to close out the game as the Grizzlies rallied back.

But in the end, Oklahoma City's hot shooting night proved to be the decisive factor as they captured a historic milestone from beyond the arc.

The Thunder hit 17 three-pointers which set a new franchise record since the team relocated to Oklahoma City in 2008.

The team was previously called the Seattle SuperSonics and their three-point record was 18.

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Paul George was the catalyst for this record-breaking feat as he hit 6-of-9 from downtown on his way to 28 points.

"I just thought we got hot," said George, per ESPN. "We moved the ball and we just made the game easy."

It was Carmelo Anthony who nailed the 17th shot from deep that set the mark and was 4-of-10 from the perimeter.

Other players who contributed to the record were Patrick Patterson (3-of-4), Raymond Felton (2-of-4) and Terrance Ferguson (2-of-2).

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Westbrook didn't get in on the act, however, as he went 0-of-4 from range.

George, in particular, has been on a hot streak from three-point territory in recent games as he continued his run of five or more makes with his six against Memphis.

According to NBA.com's Advanced Stats, he's now on a five-game streak where he's made at least five threes, which is a franchise record.

He's one game shy of tying the NBA record of six games set by George McCloud but will have to wait until after the All-Star break to try and achieve it.

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The 27-year-old is shooting a career-high 43.4 percent from beyond the arc this season and has become a dangerous outside threat alongside Westbrook to make the OKC offence even more lethal

The small forward's prolific shooting also appears to be inspiring the rest of his teammates with this historic showing against the Grizzlies.

The Thunder have now improved to 33-26 in the Western Conference and will be aiming to break into the top four to secure home-court advantage for the playoffs in the second half of the campaign.

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