OKLAHOMA CITY — Memphis wanted to play its game. After allowing Oklahoma CIty to pour in 100 points in Game 1, they knew they had to take some steam out of the Thunder if they stood a chance of coming away with a win on the road.
For the Grizzlies that meant following the lead of reserve guard Tony Allen. Even though he scored only 8 points, he set the tone and attitude that allowed them to come away with the 111-105 overtime victory Monday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
"Just trying to just cause havoc the best way possible," Allen said. "It's kind of to my favor."
The best-of-seven series is tied at 1-1 heading to Memphis for Game 3 Thursday. But the win did not come easily for the visiting squad.
With 2:19 left in overtime, Zach Randolph scored to give the Grizzlies a 105-101 advantage. Kevin Durant responded with a 3-pointer to bring the Thunder to within one.
After the Grizzlies missed a shot, Durant drove to the rim on a fastbreak attempt, but could not convert after running into Courtney Lee. The Grizzlies came up with the loose ball.
Thabo Sefolosha then stole the ball from Grizzlies' Mike Conley.
After a timeout, Durant was fouled by center Marc Gasol. Durant hit only one of two from the free-throw line to tie game at 105-105 with 35 seconds left.
Oklahoma City didn't score again as the Grizzlies' defense stiffened. Randolph and Lee scored the last six points to close out the contest.
"It's tough to take that hit and go into overtime," Memphis coach David Joerger said. "That was a big moment. In that huddle t was a big moment for us because we came out and executed and got stops in the first two minutes of the overtime. I'm proud of our guys."