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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Game 3 Postgame Grades and Analysis

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Game 3 Postgame Grades and Analysis
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The Memphis Grizzlies scored an impressive 87-81 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3, en route to holding a 2-1 series lead over the reigning Western Conference champs.

While Kevin Durant kept his team in this one with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the first half, he couldn't get it done in the second half, missing two clutch free throws that sunk the Thunder for good. 

The Grizzlies took a six-point lead into the fourth quarter, after the Thunder shot an abysmal 4-of-20 from the floor in the third quarter.

Marc Gasol led the way in the second half, powering his way past the Thunder's defense, with 12 points in the third quarter, leading the Grizzlies on their second-half surge.

Gasol capped off his impressive performance with two huge free throws with the game knotted at 81 a piece, giving the Grizzlies the lead for good. 

The Thunder's biggest weakness in Game 3 was their inability to keep everyone involved in the offense, as evidenced by their 10 measly assists.

Moving forward, the Thunder absolutely must get production from players not named Kevin Durant, because right now, that's where the majority of the efficient production is coming from.

Up next is a must-win for both teams—mainly the Thunder—on Monday night at FedExForum, set to tip off at 9:30 p.m. ET. It's one you won't want to miss, as it's Durant's chance to put his team on his back, and it's the Grizzlies' shot at nearly clinching the series. 

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