Apr 21, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) attempts a reverse layup against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first quarter in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Playoffs: Memphis Grizzlies hold off pesky OKC, even series

The big shots just never stopped falling.

From Beno Udrih to Russell Westbrook. From Zach Randolph to Kevin Durant. From Marc Gasol to Kendrick Perkins. Yes, Kendrick Perkins.

Neither team wanted to die, nor give in. It went to overtime off the hands of a Perkins putback — yes, even he was surprised.

But even before that, Kevin Durant (who finished with 36 points) had to save the Thunder from a late five-point deficit with that insanely improbable four-point play.

However, in the end, the Memphis Grizzlies managed to hold off the Thunder. Despite OKC’s late-game heroics, Memphis found ways to continue to grit and grind on their way to a Game 2, series tying 111-105 victory.

Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 25 points and six rebounds, Mike Conley added 19 points, seven rebounds and 12 dimes and Courtney Lee and Marc Gasol finished with 16 points apiece.

Westbrook scored 29 points and finished with a couple highlight-worthy dunks in the thrilling loss for the Thunder.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: Memphis finished with 33 bench points, the Thunder only had 14.

KEY DIFFERENCE: The Grizzlies played much better from the opening tip. They led by eight after the first quarter and by three at the end of the second and third quarters. Memphis played their brand of basketball and it paid off. Series tied 1-1, heading to Memphis. Should be fun.



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