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San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, center top, blocks a shot by Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson during the fourth quarter of Game 3 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Friday, May 10, 2013. The Spurs won 102-92. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, center top, blocks a shot by Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson during the fourth quarter of Game 3 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Friday, May 10, 2013. The Spurs won 102-92. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) stops a Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne (8), of Finland, shot in the second period in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Detroit, Friday, May 10, 2013. Detroit won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) reacts to his 3-point shot against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference semifinal on Friday, May 10, 2013, in Chicago. Miami won 104-94. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, bottom, tries to control the ball below San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan during the first quarter of Game 3 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Toronto Blue Jays' Maicer Izturis throws to second base after field the single by Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Published: May 8, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Tony Allen thought it might have been out of desperation that he ended up guarding Kevin Durant in crunch time.
Whatever it was, it worked out perfectly for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Mike Conley scored 26 points and fueled a late Memphis run while Allen was harassing Durant, and the Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 99-93 on Tuesday night to tie the Western Conference semifinals at one. Read More...
Preview: Grizzlies vs. Thunder, Game 3
By Ron Higgins
Posted May 10, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Grizzlies vs. Thunder
When, where: 4 p.m. Saturday, FedExForum
TV, radio: ESPN; WMFS (92.9-FM/680-AM)
Records: Series tied 1-1.
Grizzlies: Mike Conley, 6-1, Tony Allen, 6-4, Tayshaun Prince, 6-9, Zach Randolph, 6-9, Marc Gasol, 7-1
Clippers: Reggie Jackson, 6-3, Thabo Sefolosha, 6-7, Kevin Durant, 6-9, Serge Ibaka, 6-10, Kendrick Perkins, 6-10
Like two years ago in the West semifinals against the Thunder, the Griz earned a series-opening split at Oklahoma City by winning Game 2 on Tuesday. Entering these playoffs, teams that lead a best-of-seven series 2-1 go on to win that series 82.1 percent of the time (275-60). Memphis won Game 3 against the Thunder to take a 2-1 lead in the 2011 playoff series, but Oklahoma City rebounded to win the series 4-3. Griz point guard Mike Conley is posting playoff career highs in scoring (17.9 points, 19th in the NBA), rebounding (4.5), assists (7.8, fourth) and steals (1.25) while recording a postseason career-low 1.8 turnovers. The Grizzlies are the only team in the NBA with three players in the top 20 in scoring during the playoffs (Randolph, Gasol and Conley). Thunder forward Kevin Durant is averaging 33.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists in the playoffs. In the first two games of this series, Griz starting post players Gasol and Randolph are outscoring and out-rebounding Thunder post starters Ibaka and Perkins by averages of 38.5 to 11 ppg and 16.5 to 11.5 rpg.
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