Quantcast 2011 NBA Western Conference Playoffs: Semifinals - Memphis vs Oklahoma City


Thunder Even Series, Bench Points Key

Western Conference Semifinal Game 2 - Oklahoma City 111, Memphis 102 - Series tied, 1-1


OKLAHOMA CITY -- Tuesday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 111-102 to even the series in the Western Conference Semifinals, much to the delight of the electric atmosphere in Oklahoma City Arena. It was clearly a must-win situation for the Thunder. With Memphis (3-0) at home in the 2011 NBA playoffs, Kevin Durant and company did not want to go to the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN trailing in the series. Tuesday night’s win was proof that the young guns of the Oklahoma City Thunder are hungry for an NBA Championship.

After a sloppy start to the game, starting scoreless for nearly 3 minutes, Thabo Sefalosha finally put Oklahoma City on the scoreboard with a 3-point basket assisted by Kevin Durant, to make the score 4-3. Memphis held the lead for half of the first quarter, but when Kevin Durant drained a 3-pointer with 5:28 left in the first quarter, Oklahoma City grabbed the lead at 10-8. They would never look back. The Thunder never gave up the lead again in a rather dominating performance to say the least.

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Memphis Grizzlies Power Forward Zach Randolph, who scored 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Game 1, had a rather frustrating night Tuesday. He scored only 15 points and shot a mere 15% percent from the field, making only 2 of 13 shots.

On the other side, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant shined for Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant put up 26 points, while Westbrook added 24 of his own. After only 16 points off the bench in Game 1, the bench production was the biggest key for Oklahoma City on Tuesday in Game 2. Oklahoma City had 48 points off the bench with 21 from James Harden, 15 from Eric Maynor, 7 from Nick Collison, and 5 from Daequan Cook.



With Memphis undefeated at home in the playoffs, Games 3 and 4 will be a tough task for the young Thunder on the road. Although Oklahoma City held a (25-16) road record throughout the regular season, they were winless in Memphis.

After a 3-day rest, Game 3 will be in Memphis on Saturday afternoon, starting at 5:00 PM Eastern on ESPN.


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By: Landen Crouch
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer

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