The Oklahoma City Thunder took advantage of terrible shooting by visiting Memphis to take a commanding 56-34 halftime lead in game one of their NBA Playoff series at the Chesapeake Arena downtown. While Memphis couldn’t make any shots, the Thunder made better than 60% of their field goal tries in the opening quarter for a 29-16 lead after the opening dozen minutes.
Things didn’t get any better for Memphis in the 2nd quarter. The Thunder all-star duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook scored 33 of OKC’s points in the first half, a single point less than the *entire* Memphis team! Durant leads the way with 17 points, while Westbrook has 16.
Another couple of big factors, Memphis was just 9-20 at the free throw line while the Thunder made all 11 of their attempts. And the Thunder is pounding the glass, outrebounding the Grizzlies 33-24 at the break with 8 blocked shots as well, 3 by rookie Steven Adams.
Game #2 of the series will also be in OKC Monday night at 7pm, as the best-of-seven series continues. We’ll have postgame reaction later on kfor.com