May 7, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison (4) during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs: Memphis Grizzlies Take Game 2 To Even Series Up

 

Memphis Grizzlies 99 Oklahoma City Thunder 93

 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.”

 -Tony Allen

Box Score:

Memphis Grizzlies
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
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
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
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
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
36-86 4-15 23-32 16 27 43 22 13 2 10 23 99
41.9% 26.7% 71.9%
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.

Oklahoma City Thunder

STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
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
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
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
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
30-70 9-24 24-27 8 27 35 17 3 7 19 26 93
42.9% 37.5% 88.9%

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