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May 8, 2013

Thunder can’t overcome late Grizzlies’ rally in Game 2

Durant's near triple-double goes to waste as series is tied 1-1

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

Marc Gasol responded with a 3-point play that fouled Nick Collison out of the game. Kendrick Perkins knocked in a pair of free throws and Oklahoma City went back on top.

Conley quickly answered with a 3-pointer at the top of the key that came off another offensive rebound. That put the Grizz ahead 92-90 with 1:58 left.

After Durant missed a 3-pointer, Conley hit another clutch shot and gave Memphis a four-point advantage with 1:04 on the clock. The Thunder were unable to score on the other end and Conley hit 1-of-2 at the line.

Memphis did everything possible to make sure Durant wasn't the one who was going to beat them. When he touched the ball, he was swarmed by a trio of Grizzlies. He was unable to get off a clean shot and the Grizzlies held on for the win.

"We had a couple of bad executions on the defensive end more importantly," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "We gave them 30 points in two quarters and this is a team that doesn't score a lot of points."

Gasol scored 24 points while Zach Randolph scored 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting. But it was the Grizzlies dominance on the offensive glass that proved to be the real difference maker. They racked up 16 on the night. Several came in crucial moments in the fourth quarter to keep the Thunder from making a run.Derek Fisher came off the bench for the Thunder to post 19 points. Serge Ibaka scored 11 points and Jackson added 10.

The second quarter belonged to Fisher. The veteran guard came off the bench and started knocking down 3-pointers and free throws to put the Thunder up 45-40 with 4:30 remaining in the half.

Memphis went back to attacking the boards. After having a total of four offensive rebounds in the series opener, the Grizzlies collected 10 in the first half Tuesday. That included four on one trip when they outhustled the Thunder for every rebound and loose ball.

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