The Thunder played great early but shaky late in a 103-97 overtime loss in Game 4. The grades reflect it.
SECOND-HALF OFFENSE: D. The Thunder offense has worsened in the second half of every game this series. And Game 4 was no different. After scoring 56 first-half points and making 53.8 percent of it shots, the Thunder scored just 38 second-half points and made just 12 of its 32 shots. Then overtime was a disaster, with the only OKC points coming on Derek Fisher's only basket of the game, a 3-pointer with 1:55 left.
TEMPO: A. The Thunder made a concerted effort to play faster, and it paid off. The Thunder outscored Memphis 12-0 in fast-break points. Reggie Jackson particularly was good in transition. The fast pace cost the Thunder some turnovers; OKC had eight in the first 16 minutes and finished with 15, but it was well worth it.
REBOUNDING: D. Second-chance points plagued the Thunder again. After limiting Memphis to three second-chance points in Game 3, the Grizzlies got 21 Monday night. It was a game-long problem, but the worst came in the final two minutes of regulation. The Grizzlies used 53 seconds on a possession by getting two offensive rebounds, leading to Zach Randolph foul shots (he made one to give Memphis a 93-92 lead). Then the Grizzlies used 31 seconds on a possession by getting one offensive rebound, leading to Marc Gasol foul shots (he made to give Memphis a 94-92 lead). Randolph's sixth offensive rebound of the game produced an overtime layup that gave Memphis a 98-94 lead.
DURANT CLUTCH: C. Kevin Durant hit another clutch shot — a driving finger-roll that fell through with 6.4 seconds left in regulation to tie the game. But Durant's fourth quarter and overtime were horrid. The Grizzlies put a defensive hedge on Durant, who after the third quarter made just two of 13 shots. He finished with 27 points but had 22 through three quarters.