Sans Durant: B. Durant played 43:42 — he sat for just the first 4:18 of the second quarter. And it went OK. The Thunder held serve, 9-9, with Durant on the bench, thanks to Kevin Martin's seven points. But it didn't start out so well. The Thunder went scoreless its first three possessions, and Memphis got a 3-point play from Randolph and a 20-foot shot from Pondexter.
Small ball: A. The Grizzlies didn't seem like a team on which the Thunder could try out its small lineup. But with Memphis up 70-58 with 1:57 left in the third quarter, Brooks resorted to a lineup of Collison, Durant, Fisher, Jackson and Martin. And it changed the game. The Thunder stayed small until the 7:01 mark of the fourth quarter and had cut the Memphis lead to 82-77. Memphis coach Lionel Hollins inserted Gasol earlier in the fourth quarter, but for Randolph. Finally, at 5:45, Hollins went with both his big men, and Brooks responded by going big again. But Hollins later said he regretted going big. Good to see the Thunder force the issue.