Quarter starts: D. Memphis opened the first quarter making five of its first six shots for a 10-2 lead. The Grizzlies opened the second quarter making their first four shots and scoring on eight of their first 11 possessions to take a 48-38 lead. Memphis opened the third quarter scoring on six of its first seven possessions for a 66-51 lead. Only in the fourth quarter did the Thunder start stingy on defense, getting six straight stops to complete a comeback from 20 points down. Even the start of overtime was shaky – Mike Miller nailed 3-pointers on Memphis’ first two possessions.
Guarding Miller: D. Memphis sharpshooter Mike Miller got loose far too often. Miller sank three 3-pointers in an eight-minute span of the second quarter, during which the Grizzlies expanded a 34-30 lead to 55-43. Then Miller hit the overtime treys. Miller is no threat to drive. But you can’t leave him open. The Thunder did, far too often.