After Kendrick Perkins tipped in a shot at the buzzer to force overtime, the Oklahoma City Thunder could not overcome the Memphis Grizzlies in the extra period as Scott Brook’s squad lost 111-105.
Memphis outscored the Thunder 12-6 in overtime to win the game and tie the best of seven series at one game a piece.
The Grizzlies slowed the pace of play to more of their liking in game two, outscoring the Thunder 56-36 in the paint and cut Oklahoma City’s points off fast breaks in half from game one.
Kevin Durant scored 20 of his game high 36 points after the third quarter and nearly willed the Thunder to victory at home, even hitting a falling out-of-bounds three pointer after being fouled late in regulation.
Russell Westbrook also added 29 points for OKC.
The Thunder duo combined for 65 points, the most in a playoff loss since they combined for 71 points in their game four loss to the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals.
Serge Ibaka scored 15 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and had five blocks, several swats led to transition layups and dunks.
Memphis’ Mike Conley, 19 points and 12 assists, and the rest of the Grizzlies had an answer just about anytime the Thunder made a run at taking over the game.
Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph led Memphis with 25 points, scoring seven of his team’s 12 overtime points
The series will now shift to Memphis for games three and four, game three tips off at 7:00 p.m. CT on, Thursday, April 24.