Notebook: Grizzlies 103, Thunder 97

Posted May 14, 2013 2:19 AM

By Marlon W. Morgan, for

THE FACTS: The Memphis Grizzlies came back from a 17-point first half deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 103-97 Monday night. The Grizzlies now hold a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinal matchup and can close out the series Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

After hitting a game-tying shot to send the game into overtime, Kevin Durant and the Thunder went cold. The Thunderwent just 1-for-9 in the extra period, with Durant going 0-for-5 from the floor as Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 24 points. Durant paced the Thunder with 27.

QUOTABLE: "I know they're going to get on me tomorrow because I lost my man and he got open. I was just able to recover quickly. That was a bad play on my part. ... I looked back at [Derrick Fisher] and saw he still had the ball. I guess he didn't want to get a five-second violation. I looked back at [Kevin Martin] real fast and sprinted and saw the ball and I was lucky to get the steal."

-- Grizzlies' guard Tony Allen on his key steal with 22 seconds remaining

THE STAT: The Thunder, who had struggled offensively in the previous two games, came out on fire, shooting 54 percent in the first half, including 50 percent from 3-point range, while scoring 56 points. But it was a tale of two halves for Oklahoma City. In the second half, the Thunder shot just 37.5 percent from the floor, and scored 38 points. They only had three in the overtime period.

TURNING POINT: The Grizzlies offense was sad, to say the least, in the first half as they missed their first seven shots. They eventually fell into a 17-point hole at 46-29, with 4:26 left in the half. But they managed to close the half on a 19-10 run that reduced that deficit to a more manageable one at 56-48.

HOT: Durant finally got some scoring help from his teammates, although it still wasn't enough to get a win. Forward Serge Ibaka finally broke out of his slump to scored 17 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Martin added 18 and Reggie Jackson 15.

NOT: Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins continues to be a non-factor offensively. In 24 minutes, Perkins scored two points for the third straight game. He has scored only 10 points through the first four games of the series.

QUOTABLE II: "[Memphis is] just being aggressive, getting to the line, and getting easy looks. While they are at the rim, we are taking jump shots. I think we played defense pretty good. I think we held them to 40 percent shooting. This was just one of those games where they were the better team."

-- Oklahoma City guard Kevin Martin

NOTABLE: The Grizzlies look to close out the series and advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time when they travel to Oklahoma City for Game 5 on Wednesday. Entering this year's playoffs, teams holding a 3-1 edge in a best of seven series have gone on to win the series 96.2 percent (202-8) of the time. ... Since the 2009-10 season, which was Grizzlies' coach Lionel Hollins' first full season as the team's coach, the Grizzlies have won 11 games when trailing by at least 17 points. That's the most of any NBA team during that span. ... The Grizzlies are 5-0 at FedExForum in the playoffs. ... Since losing the first two games against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Grizzlies have won seven of their last eight playoff games. ... Joining Allen on the All-Defensive Team was Memphis guard Conley and center Marc Gasol as both were placed on the second team for the first time. ... Gasol and Zach Randolph each had 23 points for the Grizzlies. Randolph also had a team-high 12 rebounds with Gasol added 11 as they continue to dominate the Thunder's front court.

UP NEXT: Grizzlies @ Thunder, Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. ET.