Grizzlies knot series with Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY—Kevin Durant’s four-point play was magnificent—even by his lofty standards.
With his Oklahoma City Thunder trailing by five with 13.8 seconds left in regulation time, the scoring champ hit a difficult three-pointer from the corner as he was being pushed out of bounds by Marc Gasol.
But the magic ran out for the Thunder. Zach Randolph scored 25 points to help Memphis beat Oklahoma City 111-105 in overtime last night and tie their first-round playoff series at 1-1.
Mike Conley added 19 points and 12 assists for the Grizzlies, who executed their game plan perfectly and put themselves in position to take control of the series in Game 3 on Thursday night in Memphis.
Oklahoma City pushed the pace through most of its 100-86 victory in Game 1.
But last night, the Grizzlies successfully slowed the tempo and limited Oklahoma City’s fast-break opportunities.
“Basically it’s just going to be a slugfest,” said Tony Allen, who was praised by his teammates for playing solid defence against Durant. “We’re going to pound it. They’re going to run it.
“Whoever can come up with the most stops pretty much wins the game.”
Durant had 36 points and 11 rebounds, but made only 12-of-28 shots and had just eight points at halftime and 16 through the first three quarters.
Russell Westbrook, meanwhile, netted 29 points for Oklahoma City but made just 11-of-28 shots.
“We missed some shots that we could make,” noted Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “Give them [Memphis] some credit.”
“They did a good job of putting their hands on us and we didn’t free ourselves up enough.
Elsewhere, the L.A. Clippers bombed Golden State 138-98 to tie their series at 1-1.