Notebook: Grizzlies 87, Thunder 81



Posted May 11, 2013 9:38 PM

Jason Smith, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Marc Gasol had 20 points and Tony Allen and Mike Conley scored 14 apiece to help the Memphis Grizzlies take a 2-1 lead over Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals Saturday with an 87-81 Game 3 victory before 18,119 at FedExForum. Gasol and Conley combined to go 6-of-6 from the free-throw line over the final 1:03 of the fourth quarter to provide the difference for Memphis after Oklahoma City had tied the game 81-81 on a 3-pointer by Derek Fisher with 1:58 left. It was one of the few shots that went down Saturday for the Thunder, who shot a series-low 36.4 percent from the field. Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

QUOTABLE: "We did everything but make shots."
-- Durant on losing despite Thunder outrebounding Memphis (51-44) and outscoring the Grizzlies in the paint (44-30) and in transition (23-7).

THE STAT: A lot went right for Oklahoma City. The Thunder held Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph to eight points and hammered Memphis on the offensive glass (14-5). But as Durant pointed out, Oklahoma City couldn't overcome its horrific shooting as starters Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha combined to go 6-of-25 from the field. Reserve guard Kevin Martin scored 13 points off the bench for the Thunder, but went 6-of-17 from the floor in doing so. "That's something we've been doing all year is making shots," Martin said. "We're not too concerned about it. We just gotta keep on competing. We'll figure the shot thing out. That's the easiest part of the game."

TURNING POINT: Martin's layup with a minute left in the second quarter gave Oklahoma City a 45-44 advantage at the break despite the Thunder shooting just 38.8 percent in the first half. But Oklahoma City went cold in the third quarter, scoring just 15 points while going 4-of-20 from the field (20 percent), allowing Memphis to increase its lead to nine late in the quarter before Durant knocked down a 3-pointer to make it a six-point game (66-60) after three.

HOT: Grizzlies reserve guard Jerryd Bayless was a one-man scoring run in the first half, making his first four shots to power an 8-0 spurt for the Grizzlies over the final 1.7 seconds of the first quarter and first 2:38 of the second. He finished with 11 points, helping Memphis' bench outscore the Thunder's 29-23.

NOT: Perkins has gone a combined 2-of-14 from the floor in the series. He and Sefolosha both went 0-of-4 on Saturday, contributing two points apiece.

QUOTABLE II: "We were fortunate down the stretch that some plays went our way. Obviously they beat us in a lot of different areas tonight. For us to come away with the win, we are very happy. We'll take it, but it just goes to show we have a lot of work to do."
-- Conley on the victory.

NOTABLE: With Saturday's win, Memphis improved to 4-0 at home this postseason. Memphis has lost at home just once in the last three months, having gone 18-1 at FedExForum since Feb. 8. ... Entering the 2013 postseason, NBA teams that took a 2-1 lead in a best-of-seven series went on to win the series 82.1 percent of the time. ... Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson, playing in place of injured Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, registered the first double-double of his career with 16 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Jackson was one of three Thunder players to grab at least 10 rebounds Saturday.

UP NEXT: Game 4 is at 9:30 p.m. ET Monday at FedExForum in Memphis.