In a thrilling Game 1 that lived up to the hype, the Oklahoma City Thunder slipped past the Memphis Grizzlies 93-91 to take a 1-0 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
Kevin Durant took over late in the game to give the Thunder a one-point lead on a 20-foot jumper with just 11.1 seconds remaining. The game-winning possession was forced by a Derek Fisher strip of Mike Conley as he drove the lane.
With one last opportunity, Memphis inbounded the ball to Marc Gasol, whose pass was unsuccessfully saved out of bounds by Conley. The Thunder hit two free throws to extend their lead to 93-90, giving Memphis one last shot with 2.9 seconds left.
The Grizzlies went to hot shooter Quincy Pondexter for the game-tying three-pointer. He was fouled in the process, but missed his first free throw. Memphis couldn't get off a shot before the time expired.
Durant finished with 35 points and 15 rebounds, both of which led all players. Kevin Martin added 25 off the bench for the Thunder.
A heap of scorers contributed for the Grizzlies, led by Gasol and Zach Randolph. The two big men scored 20 and 18 points, respectively, and combined for 20 rebounds.
After a tight first half that saw the lead change back and forth, the Thunder went into the locker room with a 47-46 lead. Memphis set the tempo early on in a suffocating first quarter that finished with the score at 16-14 before both teams exploded for 30-plus each in the second quarter.
Led by Gasol stretching the floor and Quincy Pondexter's timely deep ball, the Grizzlies sprinted out to an early second-half lead that they wouldn't relinquish until less than three minutes remaining in the game. But that's when Durant and the Thunder turned it on, going on a 7-0 run to notch the second half's first tie.
OKC showed a ton of resiliency in pulling out this win despite trailing most of the second half, and it will be a huge momentum boost heading toward Game 2.