Series Tied as Grizzlies Grit and Grind past OKC in OT Thriller
Game 1 was all Oklahoma City, but the Memphis Grizzlies silenced the Thunder in Game 2 with a thrilling 111-105 win in overtime to even the series. To say this game was a nail-biter, would be an epic understatement. Memphis led the entire game stopping OKC each time they tried to rally.
The Grizzlies led by five points with 13.8 seconds left in regulation. Kevin Durant made an amazing three-pointer as he fell out of bounds after colliding with Marc Gasol. Durant made the free throw making it a one-point game. With 12 seconds left, Conley made one of two free throws: Grizzlies up 99-97. Russell Westbrook missed a three-pointer, but Perkins rebounded and scored at the buzzer to force overtime 99-99.
Zach Randolph scored with 26 seconds left in overtime putting Memphis up by two. The Grizzlies got the ball right back when Serge Ibaka traveled. Courtney Lee made two free throws putting Memphis up by four. Durant missed a three-pointer and with nine seconds left, Randolph added two more free throws to put the game out of reach for the Thunder.
The Grizzlies shot 49% from the floor. Zach Randolph led Memphis with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Mike Conley had a double-double with 19 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds. Marc Gasol and Courtney Lee each scored 16 points. Beno Udrih, who is playing for Nick Calathas during his 20-game suspension, scored 14 points in his 14 minutes of playing time. Tony Allen added 8 points, but it was his defense that was unstoppable.
In game two, the Grizzlies slowed the tempo and limited the Thunder’s fast-break opportunities, which Memphis was not not able to do in game one. The Thunder shot just under 40% from the floor. Durant had 36 points, making just 12-or-28 shots, and 11 rebounds. Westbrook scored 29 points, making just 11-for-28 shots.
To all of you who said OKC would easily sweep Memphis, put away your brooms because the Grizzlies have put themselves in position to take control of the series in Games 3 and 4 in Memphis this weekend. All Heart! All Grit! All Grind! Believe Memphis!
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