2014 NBA Playoffs: Come playoff time you expect to see close, hard fought games, but that doesn’t mean you will not see a good ‘ole fashion butt-kicking.
Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder:
It looked like the Grizzlies were going to pull this one out in regulation, but the Thunder had another idea. With just 19 seconds left in the game and down by five Kevin Durant threw up a desperation three-pointer, made it, and was fouled! His free throw pulled the team within one.
Down by two after a Mike Conley free throw and seconds left Russell Westbrook missed a three-pointer, but Kendrick Perkins got the rebound and made his first basket of the game at the buzzer to force overtime.
However, as great a finish as it was for the Thunder, they were not able to keep the momentum going in the overtime period. Memphis never trailed in OT outscoring Oklahoma City 12-6 en route to a 111-105 win.
Game Three will be Thursday night in Memphis.
Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers:
The Clippers only lost seven games at home all season so when they lost Game One of the series against Golden State over the weekend the loss came as somewhat of a surprise to the home crowd–but the team was not going to let them down a second time.
This one was over early. Los Angeles clamped down defensively from the start holding the Warriors to just four points in the first five minutes of the game and just 41 in the first half.
“We were really aggressive on our defense,” Blake Griffin said. “When you play more aggressive you stay out of foul trouble.”
Offensively, it was a night of records for the Clippers. Their first half total of 67 was a franchise record as was their game total of 138. By holding the Grizzlies to 98 they set another record for margin of victory in a playoff game (40).
“When we play with that force and thrust, it’s hard to defend us,” Chris Paul said.
Game Three will be Thursday night in Oakland.