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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



Durant made a 3-pointer while being fouled and falling out of bounds. The ensuing free throw closed gap to 98-97 with 13 seconds left.

Conley was fouled and missed one of two from the line for a 99-97 Memphis lead with 12 seconds to go.

The Thunder tried to get the ball to Durant, but he was covered by Allen. Westbrook ended up with an off balance 3-pointer that was off the mark. But Kendrick Perkins, who had just been reinserted into the game, came down with the offensive rebound and put back at the buzzer to send the contest into overtime.

"They got some offensive rebounds and layins," Durant said. "Some miscommunication on our part. They scored some easy ones. We just have to stay with it and stay positive. And get ready for another dog fight."


Notes: Oklahoma City Thunder F Serge Ibaka received the April Kia Community Assist Award in recognition of his charitable contributions and generosity in his home country of the Republic of the Congo, the NBA announced. “It was my dream when I was young to help those orphanages,” Ibaka said. “My mom died when I was 7 and I know how hard it is for those kids in the street, how they live, what they need. So that is why I want to work with UNICEF to do the best I can to help them.” ... Ibaka came in fourth in NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. Chicago’s Joakim Noah took home the award. “Joakim is obviously one of the best defenders in the league, and Serge is right there,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. “He’s my defensive player of the year. I know what he does for us.” ... After Game 1 of the series, members of the Memphis media expressed the opinion that coach David Joerger needed to bench F Tayshaun Prince and start F Tony Allen. “We won 50 games and it’s been pretty good since the All-Star break playing the way that we were,” Joerger said. “So I don’t know if we should jump off a cliff after a bad first half. I think that’s absurd.”

Michael Kinney

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