How Memphis Won: Mike Conley is slowly establishing himself as a top-10 point guard in the NBA. Conley led the way for the Grizzlies with 26 points, 10 rebounds, a 9 assists. With the Thunder up by one, Conley hit a go-ahead three with under two minutes left and the Grizzlies never looked back, as they scored 10 straight points. Marc Gasol scored 24 points, Zach Randolph added 15 points and 8 rebounds, and Tony Allen scored 12 points and had 5 steals.
The Grizzlies also won with their usual formula. They outscored the Thunder 48-30 in the paint, had a 23-6 advantage in second chance points, and also outscored the Thunder 18-7 on fast break points. Memphis also scored 29 points off 21 Thunder turnovers.
How Oklahoma City Lost: Just like the same way that the Thunder lost their two games in the Houston series, OKC had a poor fourth quarter. Kevin Durant had another great performance, nearly recording a triple-double with 36 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists. But Durant went just 1 for 4 in the final three minutes of the game, as the Grizzlies outscored the Thunder 30-19 in the period.
Aside from Derek Fisher, who scored 19 points and made 4 three pointers off the bench, the supporting cast did not step up. Kevin Martin shot 2 for 11, Reggie Jackson scored 10 points, and Serge Ibaka finished with a measly 11 points and 5 rebounds.
It Was Over When: With the Thunder holding on to a 90-89 lead, Conley hit a three from left wing that helped spark 10 straight Memphis points. Tony Allen came up with two big steals in the final minute to doom the Thunder’s chances.
Quote of the Night: “Mike Conley is now one of the top five point guards in the league, whether anybody likes it or not. I know a lot of people have got their favorites on who they think it should be, but Mike Conley is in that conversation now, being able to do these types of things on the court night in and night out.”
|Zach Randolph, PF||43||6-12||0-1||3-7||4||4||8||3||1||1||0||3||+8||15|
|Tayshaun Prince, SF||34||2-9||0-0||0-0||2||3||5||2||1||0||2||1||+2||4|
|Marc Gasol, C||43||8-13||0-0||8-8||2||3||5||5||2||1||2||3||+10||24|
|Mike Conley, PG||42||11-22||2-7||2-3||2||8||10||9||1||0||2||1||+10||26|
|Tony Allen, SG||23||4-13||0-1||4-6||5||2||7||1||5||0||1||4||+5||12|
|Darrell Arthur, PF||7||0-2||0-0||2-2||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||3||-1||2|
|Ed Davis, PF||3||1-1||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||-2||2|
|Quincy Pondexter, SF||17||2-5||1-3||0-0||0||2||2||0||2||0||2||3||+4||5|
|Jerryd Bayless, PG||22||1-6||1-3||4-6||1||3||4||1||0||0||0||3||+1||7|
|Tony Wroten, PG||6||1-3||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||1||1||0||1||1||-4||2|
|Keyon Dooling, PG||0||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||-3||0|
|Austin Daye, PF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Jon Leuer, PF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
Fast break points: 18
Points in the paint: 50
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers): 11 (10)
+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.
|Serge Ibaka, PF||38||5-12||1-2||0-0||3||2||5||0||0||3||0||5||-6||11|
|Kevin Durant, SF||43||11-21||3-9||11-12||0||11||11||9||1||1||5||2||0||36|
|Kendrick Perkins, C||24||1-4||0-0||2-2||3||3||6||0||0||1||3||4||-10||4|
|Reggie Jackson, PG||29||3-8||0-3||4-4||0||5||5||2||0||1||3||2||-14||10|
|Thabo Sefolosha, SG||23||2-4||1-3||2-3||1||2||3||3||0||0||2||1||+2||7|
|Nick Collison, PF||15||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||1||0||0||4||6||-1||0|
|Hasheem Thabeet, C||13||0-1||0-0||0-0||1||2||3||0||0||0||0||2||+2||0|
|Derek Fisher, PG||26||6-9||4-5||3-4||0||1||1||1||1||0||1||3||0||19|
|Kevin Martin, SG||29||2-11||0-2||2-2||0||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||-3||6|
|Ronnie Brewer, SF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Daniel Orton, C||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|DeAndre Liggins, SG||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Jeremy Lamb, SG||DNP COACH’S DECISION|