All the Memphis Grizzlies wanted after Game 1 was a second chance, and that's precisely what every Game 2 provides.
The Grizzlies took full advantage and parlayed 23 second-chance points into a 99-93 victory over the Thunder on Tuesday night to even this best-of-7 series at 1.
In addition to being outscored by 17 in second-chance points, OKC was outscored 29-10 off turnovers.
In Game 1, Memphis opened a door of opportunity for the Thunder and was outscored 29-18 in the final period in a 93-91 loss.
In Game 2, it was OKC that opened the door for the Grizzlies and was outscored 30-19 in the final quarter.
Leading the fourth-quarter surge for Memphis was point guard Mike Conley, who had 13 points (5 for 6 from the field) and seven rebounds in the final period alone.
He finished with a team-high 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
Compared to Game 1, Memphis did just about everything better in Game 2.
The Grizzlies' improvement from Game 1 to Game 2 was easily detected. In fact, it's somewhat shocking the Thunder actually led up until the 1:58 mark of the fourth quarter:
Free-throw percentage: 58.3 (88.0 for OKC)
Points in the paint: 32 (36 for OKC)
Points off turnovers: 14 (14 for OKC)
Offensive rebounds: 8 (7 for OKC)
Second-chance points: 4 (4 for OKC)
Fast-break points: 3 (6 for OKC)
Free-throw percentage: 71.9 (88.9 for OKC)
Points in the paint: 48 (30 for OKC)
Points off turnovers: 29 (10 for OKC)
Offensive rebounds: 16 (8 for OKC)
Second-chance points: 23 (6 for OKC)
Fast-break points: 18 (7 for OKC)
The Grizzlies turned the tide with a 9-2 run at the end of the second quarter and another 9-2 run at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
“We just played kind of our game tonight,” Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said.
Game 3 will be played Saturday at 4 p.m. at FedExForum in Memphis.