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Oklahoma City Thunder: Memphis wins Game 2 to tie series

Kevin Durant did what Oklahoma City Thunder fans have come to expect from their superstar. But it wasn't enough for the Thunder on Tuesday night. Memphis took Game 2, 99-93, to tie the best-of-7 series at a game apiece in front of a sold-out crowd of 18,203 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
by Ryan Aber Modified: May 8, 2013 at 1:00 am •  Published: May 8, 2013

“He's a steady point guard that deserves more credit than he gets,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of Conley.

Two nights after the Thunder held the Grizzlies to just four offensive rebounds, Memphis was much more successful on the offensive glass in Game 2.

The Grizzlies had 16 offensive rebounds — 10 in the first half — to score 23 second-chance points.

“We've got to get back to making sure we box them out,” Brooks said. “They're going to keep pushing, keep going to the rim, and we've got to keep them out.”

The Thunder also turned the ball over 21 times, leading to 29 Memphis points.

Serge Ibaka was better on the offensive end after going 1 for 10 from the floor in the opener, going 5 of 12 from the field with 11 points. But Ibaka, Perkins and Nick Collison were in foul trouble for much of the second half, helping open things up inside for a big Memphis team.

The time off gives the Thunder a chance to regroup for the first time since losing Russell Westbrook to a season-ending injury.

Since Westbrook's injured was discovered a day after Game 2 of the first-round series against Houston, the Thunder have played every other day.

Now, Oklahoma City gets a chance to practice for the first time since losing Westbrook.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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