OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Thunder hopes to take a 2-0 series lead over the Memphis Grizzlies when the two Western Conference rivals meet again in the NBA Playoffs tonight at 8:30pm at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder rallied from 12 points behind to edge the Grizz 93-91 in Sunday afternoon’s opener in the best-of-7 series. Kevin Durant led the way with his best game of the postseason so far with 35 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and 50% shooting…including the go-ahead basket with :11 to play after Derek Fisher caused a Memphis turnover on the other end of the court.
Kevin Martin was terrific off the bench again, with another 25 point game, just like the series clinching victory against the Rockets in Houston last weekend. And the Thunder won despite Reggie Jackson’s foul against Memphis’ Quincy Pondexter on a 3-point shot attempt with :01.6 to play. Pondexter had a chance to tie the game at 93 if he would’ve made all three foul shots, but he missed the first, made the second and had to intentionally miss the third so Memphis could score a basket and tie the game that way. Durant tapped out the miss and Memphis center Marc Gasol couldn’t get a shot off before the final buzzer as the Thunder escaped to take a series lead.
The game tonight will be nationally televised from “The Peake” here in Oklahoma City. Then the series shifts to Memphis for game #3 that won’t get underway until Saturday afternoon at 4pm CDT in Tennessee at the FedEx Forum.