OKC converted just 12 of 19 (.632) at the line in Game 3. Three-time scoring champ Kevin Durant, who won the free-throw percentage title at .905 this season, made just 5 of 9 (.556).
The Thunder is still trying to find its way after losing three-time All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook to season-ending knee surgery April 27. Despite gallant efforts, OKC continues to come up short against a Memphis squad that's talented enough to win the conference title.
Despite suffering its second straight loss in the series, the Thunder cleaned up a lot of mistakes made in its 99-93 loss in Game 2 on Tuesday at The Peake.
“We are going to continue to make the right plays, and I'm confident that we are going to make those shots,” said Durant, who led the team in scoring (25), rebounds (11), assists (five) and steals (three).
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• Game 4 is Monday at 8:30 p.m. at FedExForum.
• Game 5 is Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in OKC.