Final / OT

Oklahoma City wins series 4-3 (Game 3 of 7)

Oklahoma City wins series 4-3

Game 1: Saturday, April 19th
Game 2: Monday, April 21st
Game 3: Thursday, April 24th
Game 4: Saturday, April 26th
Game 5: Tuesday, April 29th
Game 6: Thursday, May 1st
Game 7: Saturday, May 3rd

Thunder 95

(59-23, 25-16 away)

Grizzlies 98

(50-32, 27-14 home)

    Coverage: TNT

    8:00 PM ET, April 24, 2014

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    OKC 18 18 25 24 1095
    MEM 24 20 27 14 1398

    Top Performers

    Okc: K. Durant 30 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 5 Blk

    Mem: M. Conley 20 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Thunder-Grizzlies Preview

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Grizzlies are happy to be back in Memphis, where they finished the regular season by winning a franchise-record 14 straight games.

    They brought home-court advantage with them.

    To guard Mike Conley, that ratchets up the pressure even more. It's time for the Grizzlies to protect the place they call the Grindhouse.

    "It's going to be tough against a team that's played so well, especially on the road," Conley said Wednesday of the Thunder. "But we're happy with our position, I can tell you that much."

    The Grizzlies evened this first-round Western Conference series by winning 111-105 in overtime at Oklahoma City on Monday. Being the visitor Thursday night in a hostile arena for Game 3 isn't a concern for the Thunder, who went 25-16 away from Oklahoma City for the NBA's second-best road record in the regular season.

    "Everybody's going to be there. They're going to have T-shirts. They're going to be swinging towels," Kevin Durant said. "It's the playoffs. It's going to be hostile, but we've been there before."

    Yes, the Thunder certainly have. But they have exactly one win in five previous postseason games in Memphis, and they needed three overtimes to pull that out in the 2011 conference semifinals. Memphis took both matchups in last year's semifinals en route to winning the series in five.

    Memphis went 5-2 at home in the 2013 playoffs, when San Antonio, in the conference finals, was the only visitor to win.

    Tony Allen, who has made Durant work so much harder for his points in this series, said the Grizzlies can't become complacent knowing they'll have a loud crowd at the FedExForum.

    "We got to understand it's one game at a time," Allen said. "It's the playoffs. Each game counts. Each possession counts. We can't get caught up in that."

    Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger also has cautioned his team not to simply assume being home will make everything work. That 14-game winning streak that helped them reach the playoffs as the seventh seed also is meaningless. Joerger said it's time to start over now, and the team that sets the tone for its style quickest has won each of the first two games.

    Oklahoma City ran all over Memphis in winning the opener 100-86 in a game that was only that close because the Grizzlies had a big third quarter. The Grizzlies slowed the Thunder down from the opening tip Monday night in leading by as many as 10, even if they needed overtime after Durant's amazing four-point play off his 3 falling out of bounds.

    "Our team is a team that can't play too far from behind because we play a certain style of basketball, and it's tough," Grizzlies forward Mike Miller said. "Our starts are big for us. They do have some pressure. They have some expectations."

    The Thunder practiced Wednesday in Oklahoma City before traveling to Memphis.

    Coach Scott Brooks wants the Thunder to keep Conley and backup guard Beno Udrih in front of them. Udrih had 14 points in 14 minutes, giving Conley plenty of rest in his first extended action since being claimed off waivers in February.

    Brooks also wants to make sure Memphis' big men work for what they get. Zach Randolph scored 25 points Monday, hitting 10 of his 20 shots. Offensively, Oklahoma City wants to screen better to keep Allen away from Durant as much as possible.

    "If we don't have good setups and good screens, it's going to bog down and it's going to be tough shots at the end of the shot clock," Brooks said.

    Of course, that's exactly what the Grizzlies want to slow down the Thunder.

    "We just keep slogging along and we feel always that if we get you in a possession game, we feel like that over the course of 48 minutes that we can grind you down," Joerger said.


    AP Sports Writer Cliff Brunt contributed to this report from Oklahoma City, and AP freelance writer Clay Bailey contributed in Memphis.


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    Research Notes

    Through 2 games, Kevin Durant has totaled 69 points this postseason while Russell Westbrook has scored 52. OKC's next highest scorer is Serge Ibaka with 32, but there's a steep drop-off after that.
    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have combined to take 100 of OKC's 169 field goal attempts through 2 games this postseason.
    The Grizzlies scored 62 points in the paint Thursday, 40 of which came in the second half and overtime. After shooting 47.3% in the paint in the first two games of the series, the Grizzlies shot 57.4% in Game 3.
    The Thunder scored 36 points in the first half vs Grizzlies, their lowest-scoring 1st half this season.
    Kevin Durant was 1-for-13 from at least 10 feet Thursday, his second-worst performance from 10 or more feet in his career (min 10 FGA). Durant was 0-for-15 from 10+ feet on Nov. 1, 2009 against the Trail Blazers.

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