Thunder-Grizzlies Game 2 Report Card: High marks for the bench, Nick Collison and a fan's half-court shot

By Berry Tramel Modified: May 4, 2011 at 1:00 am •  Published: May 4, 2011
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Reserves: A. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook opened the fourth quarter on the bench for rest. The Thunder led 78-68. When they returned, with just 4:58 left, the lead was 99-84, and the Thunder reserves had built a lead as high as 21. Eric Maynor and James Harden combined for 36 points, and the Thunder bench outscored Memphis' 48-29.

Perimeter pressure: B. The Memphis perimeter players made 26 of 48 shots, but it came at a cost. The Grizzlies had 16 turnovers, twice as many as in Game 1.

Ball security: C. The Thunder was careless early with seven turnovers the first 9 1/2 minutes, marring an otherwise great start. But the Thunder settled down and finished with 16.

Timeout act: A. Between the third and fourth quarters, fan Roman Owen nailed a halfcourt shot to win $20,000 from MidFirst Bank. The shot drew a celebration from the Thunder's Nate Robinson, a smile from Memphis' Rudy Gay and a roar from the crowd that carried over to the Thunder's fourth-quarter spree.

Finish: D. In Game 1, the Thunder didn't finish at the basket, missing too many close shots. In Game 2, the Thunder did a poor job of finishing the final two minutes. A 21-point lead with 6 1/2 minutes left dwindled to 104-98 with 46 seconds left.

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