Kevin Durant did what Oklahoma City Thunder fans have come to expect from their superstar.
Derek Fisher did what NBA fans have come to expect from the veteran during the NBA playoffs.
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.
The series takes a break until Saturday, when Memphis hosts Game 3 (4 p.m., ESPN).
Durant was magnificent for most of the game, nearly recording a triple-double with 36 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
But he couldn't come up another big shot in the game's final minutes, missing a pair of 3-pointers in the final two minutes and falling to the ground as Memphis' Tony Allen stole the ball away with about a minute left to send the series to Memphis tied.
“He was superb,” Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said of Durant. “We knew we had to take away some other people, and except for Fisher in the first half, we did that.”
Fisher hit four 3-pointers, including three in a two-minute stretch in the second quarter, and finished with 19 points.
After Kendrick Perkins hit a pair of free throws with 2:41 left to put the Thunder up by one, the Thunder didn't score again until Fisher's meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Memphis ran off 10 consecutive points, seven by Mike Conley.
Conley nearly had a triple-double for Memphis, with 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Marc Gasol added 24 points for Memphis.
“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.