NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at Memphis
(Friday, December 11th)
Final Score: Oklahoma City 102, Memphis 94
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant led all scorers with 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, as the Oklahoma City Thunder held on for a 102-94 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum.
Russell Westbrook added 23 points, seven assists and six boards, while Nenad Krstic chipped in with 15 points for the Thunder, who were able to build off a 104-88 victory over Golden State on Monday. Jeff Green finished with 11 points for Oklahoma City, which has won three of four.
Mike Conley had a team-best 20 points to go along with eight assists and Zach Randolph had a huge game with 19 points and 20 boards for Memphis, which had won three straight coming in, including an improbable 111-109 overtime triumph against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay netted 18 and 16 points, respectively, in defeat.
"We played hard [Tuesday]. We didn't play hard in the first half tonight," Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins said. "We tried to turn it on...but we just couldn't generate that same energy."
Trailing 66-59 with just over four minutes left in the third, Randolph bookended an 11-0 run with a layup and a free throw to put the Grizzlies ahead 70-66 after three quarters.
A Nick Collison dunk and James Harden jumper quickly put the Thunder up by two early in the fourth, but Mayo tied it at 73 with a layup on the Grizzlies next trip down the floor.
OKC then exploded for 10 straight points with Krstic capping the run with a three-point play and the visitors were up 83-73 near the midway point. The lead eventually ballooned to 14 with a little under four minutes remaining and Gay's basket in the final minute got Memphis to within six, 94-88, but it was too little too late as the Thunder held on down the stretch.
"We still have a long way to go," Durant said. "But we came out and fought hard in the fourth quarter against a great team and got the win."
Oklahoma City jumped out to a 29-18 lead after the opening 12 minutes, then stretched the margin to 18 after a Green three-ball early in the second quarter.
The Thunder were able to get within eight points on a few occasions, but Westbrook's dunk in the final seconds of the half, made it a 56-42 game at the intermission.
The Thunder won three of four matchups with Memphis a season ago. They have also won 12 of the last 17 meetings at the Grizzlies...Marc Gasol finished with 12 points and nine rebounds for Memphis.
12/12 01:49:10 ET