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

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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

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

43

6-12

0-1

3-7

4

4

8

3

1

1

0

3

+8

15

Tayshaun Prince

34

2-9

0-0

0-0

2

3

5

2

1

0

2

1

+2

4

Marc Gasol

43

8-13

0-0

8-8

2

3

5

5

2

1

2

3

+10

24

Mike Conley

42

11-22

2-7

2-3

2

8

10

9

1

0

2

1

+10

26

Tony Allen

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

7

0-2

0-0

2-2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

3

-1

2

Ed Davis

3

1-1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

-2

2

Quincy Pondexter

17

2-5

1-3

0-0

0

2

2

0

2

0

2

3

+4

5

Jerryd Bayless

22

1-6

1-3

4-6

1

3

4

1

0

0

0

3

+1

7

Tony Wroten

6

1-3

0-0

0-0

0

1

1

1

1

0

1

1

-4

2

Keyon Dooling

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

-3

0

Austin Daye

DNP COACH’S DECISION

Jon Leuer

DNP COACH’S DECISION

TOTALS

FGM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

Fast break points:   18Points in the paint:   50Total 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

38

5-12

1-2

0-0

3

2

5

0

0

3

0

5

-6

11

Kevin Durant

43

11-21

3-9

11-12

0

11

11

9

1

1

5

2

0

36

Kendrick Perkins

24

1-4

0-0

2-2

3

3

6

0

0

1

3

4

-10

4

Reggie Jackson

29

3-8

0-3

4-4

0

5

5

2

0

1

3

2

-14

10

Thabo Sefolosha

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

15

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

1

0

0

4

6

-1

0

Hasheem Thabeet

13

0-1

0-0

0-0

1

2

3

0

0

0

0

2

+2

0

Derek Fisher

26

6-9

4-5

3-4

0

1

1

1

1

0

1

3

0

19

Kevin Martin

29

2-11

0-2

2-2

0

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

-3

6

Ronnie Brewer

DNP COACH’S DECISION

Daniel Orton

DNP COACH’S DECISION

DeAndre Liggins

DNP COACH’S DECISION

Jeremy Lamb

DNP COACH’S DECISION

TOTALS

FGM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

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