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Thunder-Grizzlies: Grading Oklahoma City's 92-89 overtime win at Memphis in Game 4

REPORT CARD — Other than Reggie Jackson’s heroics, the highest marks were reserved for the Thunder’s rim protection and defense on Memphis’ big Bears.
by Berry Tramel Modified: April 26, 2014 at 11:50 pm •  Published: April 26, 2014

Three-point game: C. The Thunder again struggled from beyond the arc, making just eight of 28. But a couple of things were different this time. In the first half, the Thunder got some key 3-pointers that ignited the offense – two from Butler, one each from Jackson and Collison. And it’s not like the Thunder was efficient from 2-point range – 25 of 62. Might as well shoot some treys.

Bear wrestling: B. Marc Gasol hurt the Thunder early, with 10 points in the first quarter. Three baskets came against Ibaka, prompting Brooks to change his lineup. And some Kendrick Perkins foul trouble caused Brooks to patch together lineups. But eventually the Thunder wore down Memphis’ big men. Gasol finished with 23 points on 10-of-21 shooting. Randolph finished with 11 points on 5-of-14 shooting.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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