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article imageNBA: Thunder even series up with 111-102 win over the Grizzlies

By Austin Tyler     May 4, 2011 in Sports
Oklahoma City - The Grizzlies jumped out to a quick 1-0 series lead, and looked like they were on a roll to advance to the Conference finals. The Thunder looked like they were over matched, but bounced back with a big win to tie the series up at one game apiece.
The Memphis Grizzlies (46-36) came into the Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27) and stole game one with a big 114-101 victory. In game two the Thunder jumped out to a big lead and handed the Grizzlies an unexpected, but much needed loss. The Thunder took care of business in front of their home fans that cheered as loud as they could the whole game while wearing blue Thunder t-shirts.
Memphis started out pretty face as they jumped out to a quick 6-3 lead. The Thunder went 0-5 to open the game till Thabo Sefolosha made a three-pointer to get OKC on the board. Russell Westbrook made a pair of buckets to give the Thunder a 7-6 lead. Kevin Durant then made back-to-back three-pointers to give the Thunder a 13-8 lead and the crowd went wild. The score was 16-14 after a Russell Westbrook layup and Memphis called a timeout.
Mike Conley and Darrell Arthur made buckets apiece to get the Grizzlies within four-points. Eric Maynor answered with a steal and a layup on a fastbreak to spark an 8-2 run that was capped off with him getting another steal and layup. The Thunder was up 26-15 and ended the period up 28-17 after James Harden jumper.
The Grizzlies tried to bounce back to open the second quarter, but Daequan Cook made a three-pointer to give the Thunder a ten-point lead. Tony Allen got a dunk for the Grizzlies to make it a 32-27 game then Kendrick Perkins made a layup to help the Thunder go up by seven. Memphis tried to get it close with Zach Randolph making a jumper to get them within five-points, 36-31.
Kevin Durant scored five straight points which gave OKC a 40-33 with 5:07 left in the half. Russell Westbrook made a three-pointer and Serge Ibaka made layup to give the Thunder a ten-point lead. Memphis kept the pressure on as they had answers for the Grizzlies buckets, and got a pair of free-throws to give them a 12-point lead 54-42. Mike Conley made a late jumper to cut the Thunder lead to ten-points going into halftime.
Memphis and Oklahoma City exchanged baskets to open the second half with the Thunder holding their lead at ten-points. The Thunder had took a 70-57 lead, but Mike Conley came down and made a three-pointer to cut it back to ten-points.
O.J. Mayo made a three-point play to cut it to nine-points, 72-63. James Harden made a pair of free-throws, but Mayo answered with a 5-0 run of his own to get the Grizzlies within six-points. Serge Ibaka made a late tip-in basket to give the Thunder a 76-68 lead going into the final period.
Eric Maynor made a three-pointer to open the fourth quarter to push OKC lead to 11-points. James Harden made a pair of free-throws to make it a 13-point lead, but O.J. Mayo made a three-pointer to make it 81-71. Maynor pusher the Thunder lead back to 13-points when he made another three-pointer.
James Harden was fouled while shooting a three-pointer and made all three of his free-throws to give OKC an 89-73 lead. Eric Maynor made a three-pointer to give the Thunder a 20-point lead, 94-74. Zach Randolph made a pair of free-throws, but Daequan Cook made another three-pointer to give the Thunder a 21-point lead.
James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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Memphis did not give up as they went on a late surge with an 11-2 run to get within 12-points. Oklahoma City called a timeout and Russell Westbrook closed the door on a comeback with a jumper to make it 101-87. The Grizzlies got the lead down to single-digits with a 7-2 spurt that made it 103-94.
O.J. Mayo made a bucket and Tony Allen made a pair of free-throws to get the Grizzlies within six-points. The Thunder made free-throws down the stretch as the Grizzlies tried to extend the game, but to no avail.
Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 24 points and eight rebounds. Zach Randolph scored 15 points with nine rebounds, and Marc Gasol scored 13 points with 10 rebounds. Sam Young chipped in with 12 points.
O.J. Mayo came off the bench and scored 16 points for the Grizzlies.
Kevin Durant scored 26 points with five rebounds, and Russell Westbrook scored 24 points with six assists.
James Harden and Eric Maynor had breakout games off the bench for the Thunder. Harden chipped in with 21 points going 11-11 from the free-throw line, and Maynor had 15 points going 3-4 from behind the arc.
The series is tied up at 1-1 apiece going to Memphis where game three will be played on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM (EST).
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