Durant Lifts OKC Past Memphis

Durant Lifts OKC Past Memphis

The Oklahoma City Thunder came from behind to beat the Memphis Grizzlies in game one of the second round of the playoffs.

The Grizzlies dominated the majority of the game and held off the Thunder in the first period. Serge Ibaka scored his two free throws at the 8:04 mark. The team finally made a field goal with Keven Durant’s basket 7:01 into the game.

The Thunder were behind most of the game, but fought back when it counted the most. They entered the fourth quarter down 73-64, but started the quarter scoring nine of the first 11 points. The Grizzlies were able to stay ahead, but melted down with less than a minute in the game.

Durant made a two point shot to put the Thunder up 90-91 and just a few seconds later Quincy Pondexter fouled Reggie Jackson. Jackson made both free throws to extend the lead 93-90. It appeared to be the final score, but Jackson then fouled Pondexter while he was attempting a three pointer. In a tense moment he only made one out of three free throws.

Durant led the way with 35 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists. Kevin Martin stepped up and gave Durant much needed help with 25 points and seven rebounds.

The offense was more spread out with Memphis. Marc Gasol got 20 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists. Zach Randolph had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and one assist.

Game three is Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.