All hell literally brooke lose the final 17 minutes. The final frame started with a flurry of baskets from Beno Udrih. OKC charged back, highlighted by Russell Westbrook’s fast break dunk that could’ve moonlighted as an atomic bomb detonation. Mike Miller’s incredibly clutch three put Memphis up two with under a minute left. Literally seconds later, Durant nailed a three from an impossible angle falling out of bounds while getting fouled in the process (and later completed the four-point play). A Mike Conley one-and-one from the charity stripe led to the most unlikely of game-tying scenarios – a Kendrick Perkins put back as time expired.*
Thankfully, for Memphis, free throws went their favor in the extra session, most notably Courtney Lee’s pair to make it a two-possession ball game late. Despite Durant’s 36 and 11 and Russy’s 29 and 8 (on a combined 23-56), the Grizzlies leaned on their own “big three” (Zach Randolph, Conley and Marc Gasol) to pulled away with the 111-105 win, heading back home with the series tied 1-1.
Game 3: Thu. April 24, Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8 p.m., TNT
Related: For the 99.8% of America who went to slept at halftime of Game 2 between the Clippers and Warriors, be thankful you made the choice you did. As for the game itself, you wouldn’t believe me if I told you this, but the Clippers are a much better team with Blake Griffin on the court. The third best player on Earth finished with 35 points in 30 minutes. Los Angeles flexed with seven players in double figures, evening up the series with a 40-point public defecation on their in-state rivals, 138-98.
Game 3: Thu. April 24, L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m., TNT
* – Which disguised the fact Scott Brooks drew up a terrible out-of-timeout play.