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Thunder 114, Grizzlies 102

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm •  Published: January 29, 2009

Observations, news and notes from Wednesday night’s game……

* There was no update on the status of Desmond Mason following the game. When he left in the third quarter, team officials listed him with a hyperextended right knee. We should know more Thursday. By the looks of it, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mason doesn’t make the trip to Utah on Friday. He looked to be in serious pain and had to be helped off the court by Chris Wilcox and Damien Wilkins.

* Kevin Durant had a special performance and showed a glimpse of his star potential. His overtime efforts — eight points, four rebounds, one assist and one block — marked the first time Oklahoma City saw him take over a game. It won’t be the last.

* Jeff Green’s five 3-pointers is a new career-high.

* Chucky Atkins’ two 3s showed a little of what he brings to the table. The guy came off the bench unexpectedly and contributed seven points in the second quarter as if he’s been playing all season. He helped the Thunder outscore Memphis 32-20 in the period and turn around the game after it dug itself a hole.

* Earl Watson received the bulk of the remaining Mason’s remaining minutes and played 34 on the night. Alongside Atkins, Durant, Nenad Krstic and Chris Wilcox, Watson was a part of a never-seen-before five-man unit that was surprisingly effective to start the second and fourth periods.

* The Thunder won the game behind a 14-2 overtime period and moved to 2-1 in overtime this season.

* Free throws were a bit of a problem tonight. OKC made just 18 of 29.

* The Thunder shot 51.2 percent and held Memphis to 43.5 percent. The Grizzlies’ shooting percentage was an impressive finish for the Thunder considering Memphis shot 76.2 percent in the first quarter.

* Kyle Weaver missed the game with a knee contusion. He was inactive and did not dress.

* Joe Smith missed his eighth straight game and didn’t sound like he would play Friday.

* The attendance was 18,450, which ironically was roughly 200 more than Monday’s sparse crowd due to the ice storm.

* OKC will live with only 15 turnovers. Four in the fourth isn’t so good. It contributed to Memphis’ 29-19 fourth quarter.

* O.J. Mayo was on his way to being outplayed by fellow rookie Russell Westbrook until he decided to try his best to take over late in the fourth quarter. He got to the free throw line seven times down the stretch in regulation by attacking the rim. Mayo finished with 17 points, five rebounds and two assists. Westbrook scored 16 points, five assists and two rebounds.

* Westbrook was whistled for a rare technical foul for the Thunder when he hung on the rim and slapped it with his left hand following a breakaway dunk. I’ll have to look it up, but the Thunder has to have the least amount of techs this season.

-DM-

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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