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Rapid reaction: Thunder falls 99-93 to Memphis in Game 2

by Anthony Slater Modified: May 8, 2013 at 1:05 am •  Published: May 7, 2013

Turning point

Reggie Jackson sagged off Mike Conley a bit, overhelping on a Marc Gasol dribble-drive. Gasol kicked it and Conley drilled it, putting in a huge three with 1:58 left to give the Grizzlies a 92-90 lead. It was all Memphis from there, finishing the game on a 10-3 run.

It was over when…

…OKC struggled to make any kind of offensive play down the stretch, often forced into contested threes or dumb turnovers. Overall, before Derek Fisher hit a meaningless three at the buzzer, the Thunder was 0/4 shooting with two critical turnovers in the final 2:41. Pretty much the opposite of Game 1.

What does it mean?

We got a series, and a good one at that. Feels like this one won’t be decided until deep into Game 7. Evenly-matched, hard-nosed basketball all around.

Star of the game – Mike Conley

Kevin Durant was the best player, there’s no mistaking that. But Memphis’ criminally underrated point guard made huge plays all night and the biggest shots down the stretch, including that aforementioned three-pointer and a mid-range dagger one possession later. Conley finished with 26 points, nine assists and a team-high 10 turnovers. He’s 6-foot-1. And he’s good.

KD’s night

Durant missed his final three shots and made a few crucial errors late. Uncharacteristic and he’d likely admit it was inexcusable. But regardless, he was brilliant for a large majority of the night, finishing with 36 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, coming up just one assist shy of his first career triple double.

Plus, he gave us this:

Derek Fisher mania

What has gotten into the 17-year veteran? He can’t miss a shot. On Tuesday, Fisher went 4-of-5 from deep, upping his incredible playoff clip to 19-of-31 overall from downtown. That’s 61.2 percent overall. Nobody with 20 or more attempts this postseason is even shooting 50 percent. And with his final three in Game 2, Fisher moved into sole possession of fourth on the all-time playoff list (258 threes), trailing only Kobe, Reggie Miller and Ray Allen. Pretty good company.

Stats of note

-Memphis had 16 offensive rebounds. And they were all killer.
-The Thunder had 19 turnovers. Memphis only had 10.
-At one point, after starting 0-of-4, Serge Ibaka was 1-of-14 in the series. But he hit five of his final eight, looking more comfortable.
-Kendrick Perkins has 18 points, 19 turnovers and 29 fouls in the postseason. Now I’m interested: Will he finish with more points or turnovers in this postseason run?

Up next

An extended three-day rest awaits OKC and Memphis before they meet for Game 3 in the Grizzlies’ house on Saturday at 4 p.m.


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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