* In a “Wired” segment during a timeout midway through the third quarter, Thunder coach Scott Brooks implored his team to pull away from the Grizzlies. And they did just minutes later with a 13-2 run. “Guys, we've been in a position a couple of times when we make a 4-2 run, a 6-4 run. Let's go on a 10-2 run. Finish this club off.”
* Game 1 of the Western Conference finals will air at 8 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN, preceded by the NBA Draft lottery at 7:30 p.m.
* At halftime, analyst Magic Johnson complimented the play of Collison and James Harden. Magic noted the Thunder played better with them in the lineup instead of starters Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha. “They run more and drive and kick better,” he said. “If they win this series, against Dallas, these guys are going to have to play more.”
* Van Gundy complimented Seattle, previous home of the Thunder franchise. “There really should be an NBA team and an NBA-type arena in Seattle. That's a great place to play basketball.”