Apr 24, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) handles the ball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Thunder at Grizzlies Game 3 final score: Memphis wins in overtime 98-95, takes 2-1 series lead

Behind 20 points from Mike Conley, the Memphis Grizzlies survived a late game rally from the Oklahoma City Thunder to win in overtime, 98-95. The victory gives the Grizzlies a 2-1 series lead.

Zach Randolph added 16 points and 10 rebounds while Tony Allen poured in 16 points and nine rebounds.

It was the second consecutive game the Thunder got a wild four-point play to help force overtime, this time from Russell Westbrook, and the second consecutive game the Grizzlies turned the momentum around in overtime.

Westbrook and Kevin Durant each scored 30 points to lead the Thunder.

The Thunder seized momentum early in overtime on a three-point play by Durant, but the Grizzlies took control from there, scoring the next eight points. After the Thunder cut the lead back to three, Westbrook missed a three and Durant took a long, covered three that was off the mark. Trailing by four, Westbrook was fouled while attempting a three with 0.9 seconds left, but after missing the second and third free throws, time expired.

The Thunder offense looked completely lost in the early-going. The Grizzlies, an excellent defensive team, helped slow the Thunder ball movement and forced them to try to get to the rim one-on-one. Although the Thunder have two players that are about as good as anyone at getting to the basket, it’s tough to do without any other real threats on offense.

The Grizzlies held the Thunder to 18 points in each of the first two quarters and took an eight-point lead into the half.

The Grizzlies pushed the lead to as large as 17 in the third quarter and although the Thunder kept threatening to get back in the game, they couldn’t seem to break that 10-point barrier. That changed in the middle of the fourth quarter when the Thunder held the Grizzlies scoreless for over seven minutes of game-time, using a 17-0 run, capped by a Westbrook three, to tie the game at 81. After back-to-back buckets by Tony Allen, the Thunder got another three and a free throw from Westbrook to complete a four-point play and tie the game. On the ensuing possession, Conley missed a layup, then Durant’s three at the buzzer wouldn’t go.

Durant and Westbrook had awful nights shooting again, combining to go 19-of-53 from the field. The rest of team combined to score 35 points on 15-of-34 shooting.

Game 4 is Saturday night at 9:30 pm EST and is on ESPN.

Game 1: Thunder 100, Grizzlies 86
Game 2: Grizzlies 111, Thunder 105

For more on the Grizzlies and Thunder, check out Beale Street Bears and Thunderous Intentions.

Tags: Beno Udrih Kendrick Perkins Kevin Durant Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies Mike Conley Mike Miller NBA Playoffs 2014 Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook Serge Ibaka Zach Randolph

  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    I hope everyone was watching the player that will be handed the “MVP” in a few days… it never fails… a one dimensional jump shooter gets all the run when his shots are falling, while everyone ignores the other areas of his game… Durant does not make his teammates better, he’s not a major play maker and he is absent on defense, just one jump shot after another…. last time i checked the idea of an MVP was making your teammate better not how many 25 points games you can get white attempting over 20 shots and 10 plus free throws….

    Question for any one whom believes Durant is a MVP… could OKC make the playoffs if Durant had to lead his team in points rebounds assists and be OKC best defender?…., would Jordan have won 1 ring if he had to do those things also? well Lebron has done that for 4 years in a row and won two rings, if that’s not carrying a team, then please explain to me what is?