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NBA Playoffs recap: Memphis fights back to even the series

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The Memphis Grizzlies evened the series with Oklahoma City on Monday night. After getting routed in Game 1 of the first round, the Grizzlies followed Zach Randolph’s lead to take control of Game 2 and win 111-105.

Randolph led five Memphis players with 25 points, while Mike Conley hit for 19 points. Still, the win didn’t come easy for Memphis when they seemingly had the game in hand in the final minute.

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Oklahoma City was down five points with 18 seconds left in the game. However, all they needed were a couple missed foul shots and a miracle to get right back in the game. After a sloppy inbounds play where Tony Allen almost got his fifth steal of the game, Russell Westbrook saved the ball to Kevin Durant.

Marc Gasol was a second slow from getting the steal, as he bumped Durant in the deep corner. Next thing you know, it’s a four point play opportunity after KD hit a miracle shot.

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On the ensuing possession, Conley had a chance to put Memphis up three, but he split the pair once again. In a flash, OKC was in position to win the game. Russell Westbrook got off a nice look for three, but the ball hit off the rim right into Kendrick Perkins hands for an unlikely put back at the buzzer.

Shockingly, Memphis couldn’t close the deal in the final moments. Yet, they weren’t phased by the comeback in the extra session.

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 36 points and 11 rebounds, but he had to work for everything when they were in the half court.

Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, but was a putrid 1-7 from 3-point range.

Notes:

Memphis scored 33 bench points, OKC scored 14 off the bench.

Oklahoma City hit 30% from 3-point range and took 30 shots from downtown.

Foul Shooting: Memphis 21-24 OKC 22-25.

The series moves to Memphis tied at 1-1.

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