Western Conference Semifinals
Game 2: Grizzlies 99, Thunder 93
May 7, 2013
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Mike Conley posted 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Grizz won Game 2 over the Thunder 99-93 in Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Marc Gasol added 24 points while Z-Bo had 15 points and eight boards.
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- Coach Lionel Hollins told his guards to begin pressuring the Thunder as they brought the ball up the court and that resulted in Oklahoma City turning it over six times in the first quarter. That number was up to 11 by halftime.
- After getting only eight offensive rebounds and scoring just four second-chance points in Game 1, Memphis controlled the glass in the first half. The Grizzlies had 10 offensive rebounds and scored 12 second-chance points.
- Mike Conley is just the fourth player in the last 25 seasons with at least 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a road playoff win. He joins LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Baron Davis.
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On the formula to stop Durant late in the game:
“Well as I said before, the kid has the ball in his hands a lot and he is taking a bunch of shots. He had 12 free throws, he was super. We knew that we had to take away some other people. Except for [Derek] Fisher’s 14 [points] in the first half, we did pretty much that. We were hanging on by a thread in the first half when they were raining all of the threes on us. We just kept scoring and scoring and the next thing you know, we were up at half time. In the fourth quarter it was a little bit of the same. Durant got it going and scoring it, and he just kept making a play, kept making a play, kept making a play and in the end we got stops. I think we got two or three stops. Reggie Jackson missed a shot in the corner and Durant missed a couple of shots and I think [Serge] Ibaka or [Kendrick] Perkins missed a layup or something. It was a hard fought game, we are just thankful that we came away with the win. Just like the first game, it could have been anyone’s ballgame and we were fortunate to be a victor tonight.”
On Mike Conley coming back and taking charge in the fourth quarter:
“Well he played like he had been playing all season, and we needed that. We needed to have someone on the perimeter do something. He started getting to the basket a little bit and scored some big jump shots late. He scored one on [Thabo] Sefolosha that was huge that put us up four. We shot 41 percent, but we got 16 offensive rebounds, we got 18 fast break points and 21 points off of second shots. We just played kind of our game today, it was just gut it out and grind it out and we were fortunate to get the win”
On how Memphis maintained composer amid all the runs:
“That’s just how our team has been. Going against a team like Oklahoma City in their place they are going to make a lot of runs, a lot of talent on that team, they have a lot of guys that can score and we just have to stay poised through all that. Keep guys minds right to stay focused on the task at hand and not let it rattle us.”
On how it feels to get the win tonight and now head home to their home court to play
“Well we understand that there is more work to be done obviously, but for the most part I just liked that, one through 15, every guy was focused. You’ve got a guy like [Ed] Davis come in, he was ready to play. Our bench was big, they were big in key moments and like I say the bigs, Marc [Gasol] and Zach [Randolph], they are our work horses now, we fed off those guys and it was just a great team win from start to finish.” ”