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Oklahoma City Thunder 92, Memphis Grizzlies 89 (OT)—Series tied, 2-2
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson had a career-high 32 points, many of them coming late, to hold off the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime.
The Grizzlies started the game doing the same things they've been doing all series—disrupting Oklahoma City's high-powered offense. They held the Thunder to just 15 points in the first quarter.
On the offensive end, Memphis center Marc Gasol controlled the game in the early going, with 10 points and three assists in the first quarter.
The Thunder bounced back to take the lead at halftime by virtue of a 27-17 second quarter, but they did not rely on the usual suspects (i.e. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook). Instead, it was reserve point guard who carried the load for Oklahoma City, with 10 points.
Durant seemed to get his game on track in the third quarter, scoring seven points as the Thunder stretched their lead to double-digits.
But the Thunder once again went ice-cold from the field in the fourth, and the Grizzlies steadily climbed back to take a five-point lead with one minutes left to play.
Durant and Wesbtrook couldn't buy a bucket, so the Thunder were forced to turn back to Jackson. And the kid with Mr. October's name came through in the clutch, with a three and a floater to tie the game.
Memphis had a chance to tie in regulation, but Gasol missed a jumper and Tony Allen's putback was blocked by Ibaka as time expired.
Both offenses struggled in the overtime period, but Jackson and Durant hit just enough free throws to give Oklahoma City an extremely ugly road win.
- Kevin Durant, Thunder: 15 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals
- Russell Westbrook, Thunder: 15 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists
- Reggie Jackson, Thunder: 32 points, 9 rebounds
- Marc Gasol, Grizzlies: 23 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists
Zach Randolph, Grizzlies: 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists
Mike Conley, Grizzlies: 14 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists
The series will head back to Oklahoma City, with Game 5 taking place on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET on NBA TV.
The Grizzlies have executed better late in games with one key exception: at the free-throw line. Memphis was 13-of-23 at the line in this game, while Oklahoma City was 18-of-20. That's the difference, right there. They are not a great offensive team, so they will need to improve their efficiency from the charity stripe.
As for the Thunder, it will be interesting to see if they continue playing Game 3's hero, Jackson late in the the fourth quarter of Game 5. He struggled in the Games 1 through 3, so the team can only hope this performance was the beginning of a playoff resurgence.