The Oklahoma City Thunder needed a clutch performance from Kevin Durant to escape the Memphis Grizzlies upset in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, but they did not receive the same magic on Tuesday night when Memphis was able to rally behind a strong fourth-quarter performance to upend the Thunder, 99-93, on their home court.
With the win, Memphis steals home court advantage from Oklahoma City and has a chance to extend their lead in front of their home crowd when the series heads to the FedExForum on Saturday, May 11.
Mike Conley led the way for the Grizzlies with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Marc Gasol had an impressive performance of his own with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
For the Thunder, Kevin Durant’s near triple-double just wasn’t enough.
The star guard netted an impressive 36 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Unfortunate for Oklahoma City, the rest of the team was unable to step up and help out their star.
The entire Thunder squad will need to come together on Saturday to show why they are the No. 1 seed in the West. If not, they risk finding themselves in position for an embarrassing exit from the postseason.