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Memphis Grizzlies bounce back in Thunder thriller

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Game One saw Oklahoma City Thunder show their dominance winning the encounter 100-86 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, but in Game Two the Grizzlies roared into life and secured an 111-105 victory in overtime to take the tied play-off back to Memphis.

After the thriller, Tony Allen explained to ESPN that they'll fight to the end for the win, and it will get scrappy.

"We're going to pound it. They're going to run it. Whoever can come up with the most stops pretty much wins the game."

Meanwhile Scott Brooks commented stating that David Joerger's men deserve some respect after their desired fight back.

"Give them some credit. They did a good job of putting their hands on us, but I thought in the second half, our defence and offence gave us a chance. Unfortunately, we didn't make a couple of key plays down the stretch."

In the first quarter the Grizzlies started off on a front foot in style, winning 24-16; centre Marc Gasol converted six points while Mike Conley secured four points and three assists for the visitors.

Tony Allen was marking Kevin Durant tightly in the first quarter, but the forward still managed six points having played the whole 12, with Russell Westbrook scoring eight.

Thunder had to show the crowd a similar display to Saturday evening, and they responded well to win the second 27-22, considering they were still losing going in at half-time 46-43.

Westbrook again delivered the points hitting four of his five attempted field goals, and scoring nine points, while Serge Ibaka put in a good offensive and defensive display; scoring seven points and blocking three shots, including a dominate right hand to stop Ed Davis scoring.

Going into the third Brooks needed Durant to start doing his thing, and he responded as he does, with points.

The 25-year-old hit eight in 12 minutes for the hosts considering the third was tied at 22-22; as Durant had more attempts in the third quarter than he had in the whole first half. Mike Conley, meanwhile, scored seven and assisted four points in the third for the Grizzlies.

The hosts performed admirably, but they were still trailing by three going into the final 12, and fans got a response they wanted all game, as The Thunder won the fourth 34-31 in a thrilling quarter.

Durant and Westbrook gave the fans something to remember, Westbrook scoring nine points as well as scoring a nice one handed two pointer, the guard also claimed three assists.
Durant meanwhile hit 14 points in just under ten minutes for the hosts; hitting 100% of his shots including a lovely falling three pointer with 14 seconds to go to send the crowd into hysterics.

The game was set for overtime, but like the Grizzlies have shown before, they turn up the pressure in the extra five minutes winning the period 12-6; Durant managed all six points for the home side, but Zach Randolph scored eight for the visitors with Courtney Lee adding seven.

Joerger's men will host Game three at the FedExForum on Thursday night, as the Thunder have only won once on two occasions in Memphis this season.

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Memphis Grizzlies
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Kevin Durant
Western Conference
NBA Playoffs
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