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NBA Playoffs: Oklahoma City Thunder falls to Memphis Grizzlies to even series at 1-1

The Grizzlies evened the series at one win apiece. Now with the series moving to Memphis — Game 3 will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Game 4 at 8:30 p.m. Saturday — the Grizzlies have a chance to defend home hardwood and push the Thunder to the brink of elimination.
by Jenni Carlson Published: April 21, 2014
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Beno Udrih was threatening to outscore Kevin Durant.

Tony Allen was making life miserable for anyone in a Thunder uniform. And Oklahoma City fans were leaving The Peake early Monday night.

Then, Thabo Sefolosha came up with a steal that led to a dunk, Durant made a circus four-point play, and Kendrick Perkins — Perk! — scored on a putback as time expired to send Game 2 of this NBA Western Conference playoff series to overtime.

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It set up a drama-filled overtime where neither team led by more than two possessions, but the Thunder could never get over the hump.

Memphis 111, OKC 105.

“What a great game,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “Both teams really competed and left everything on the floor.”

The Grizzlies evened the series at one win apiece. Now with the series moving to Memphis — Game 3 will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Game 4 at 8:30 p.m. Saturday — the Grizzlies have a chance to defend home hardwood and push the Thunder to the brink of elimination.

But it doesn’t seem like this series will be one that either team can dominate. This is the third time in four seasons that these two teams have met in the playoffs, and the first meeting in 2011 went a full seven games while the second go-around in 2013 went five games. OKC played without Russell Westbrook but still pushed the Grizzlies in every game.

This has the look of another close series. If a back-and-forth Game 1 wasn’t a sign of that, the overtime Game 2 surely was.

“The game was never over,” Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said. “A lot of great plays. And not just the-ball-going-in plays. Guys competing. Teams competing. We made some big shots. They made some big shots. Got some big stops.”

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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