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April 22, 2014

Memphis bears down on Oklahoma City

Despite late magic from Durant, Thunder can’t catch up to Grizzlies in Game 2

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

Randolph paced the Grizzlies with 25 points and six rebounds. Conley scored 19 points to go along with 12 assists and seven rebounds. Lee and Gasol each posted 16 points while Beno Udrih came off the Memphis bench to score 14 points.

Durant led all scorers with 36 points on 12-for-28 shooting. He also collected 11 boards and four assists. Russell Westbrook added 29 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Forward Serge Ibaka had 15 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots in the loss.

Even though the Thunder hit only 9-of-30 from behind the arc, Durant said his team shot selection was fine.

"I made 5-of-12," Durant said. "I think that's a great percentage. We shot the shots that were open. I think we settled for a few. But like I said, we put ourselves in position to win a basketball game. They just made more plays than we did."

The Grizzlies didn't shrink from the moment of being down 0-1 in the series. After battling for a couple of offensive rebounds, the ball found its way into guard Mike Miller's hands at the top of the key for a 3-pointer that gave Memphis a 95-93 advantage with 53 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Westbrook tried to answer, but his 3-point shot was off and the Grizzlies got the rebound. Conley was fouled and he hit one of two free throws.

The Thunder got the ball to Durant, but he turned it over under guard Tony Allen's pressure. Conley went to line again and hit a pair to give the Grizzlies a 98-93 lead with 18 seconds remaining.

"We have to do a better job getting their hands of him," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said of Allen's defense on Durant. "They did a good job of putting their hands on us and we didn't free ourselves up enough."

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