The Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder met each other on Monday night for a hard-fought game that left the home crowd in a gleeful fervor. With a final score of 86-77, OKC was able to turn a deficit around at the end of the second quarter and keep itself in the lead for the remainder of the game.
With six minutes to go before the half, Memphis was winning 32-31. With help from Kevin Durant, the Thunder were able to hit a scoring surge that sent them into halftime with a 51-36 lead. The deficit that Memphis faced was just too large to come back from.
The pregame hype on Twitter focused mostly on trade rumors that have been going on with both teams. However, sideline reporter Rob Fischer showed all the Memphis followers what they should be paying attention to instead.
It was a close game for most of the first half, with the game able to swing in either team's favor. The Grizzlies had come back from a small deficit and were expecting more to come before the buzzer went off.
As the clock started ticking closer toward the end of the half, OKC fans became very active on Twitter. Although Durant helped carry the team into the lead, some couldn't help but comment on Serge Ibaka, as well.
Over his last 4 games, including tonight, Serge Ibaka is 37/56 (66%). As great as Durant has been, Ibaka has also elevated his game.— NBA Fantasy (@NBAFantasy) February 4, 2014
OKC stayed lively on Twitter at halftime, proud of the lead that the team had produced in the final minutes. The team's account posted a few intense pictures of the two big scores that got the Thunder to that point in the game.
Halftime in OKC. Thunder UP on Grizzlies 51-36. Serge w/dble-dble (12p-10r), KD 16p-5a. Reggie 8p. pic.twitter.com/ItTWJpXWTu— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) February 4, 2014
The second half produced a valiant effort by the Grizzlies, but they had just fallen too far behind at that point to put themselves back in the lead.
Kevin Lipe, a Grizzlies reporter for the Memphis Flyer, started commenting on the music once his team had fallen behind. Nobody can do anything right when you're upset about a game. We've all been there.
I mean, the music is starting to bug me and I’m at home on my couch.— Kevin Lipe (@FlyerGrizBlog) February 4, 2014
But it sounds like he wasn't the only annoyed viewer. The voice of the Grizzlies at their home games had a comment about the opponent's announcer.
#GrizzNation I solemnly swear to never ask you to "Bring the noise!"— Rick Trotter (@RickTrotter) February 4, 2014
Although his team was never able to capture the lead again, Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger told The Sports Network (per the Merced Sun-Star), "The second half was much better than the first. We played from too far behind."
Not surprisingly, Thunder fans were very excited after their come-from-behind victory and gave Serge Ibaka the credit he was due.
Serge Ibaka struggled against the Grizzlies in the playoffs last season. But he burned them tonight: http://t.co/u8goO8oBj9— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 4, 2014
The Grizzlies were riding a six-game winning streak before losing Monday night. Before the Thunder's loss on Saturday to Washington, OKC had an impressive 10-game streak. The two teams see each other at the end of the month; we'll have to see if tables turn when they meet again.