April 2, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Memphis Grizzlies small forward Rudy Gay (22) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha (2) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

Thunder come back to reality, lose 94-88 to Grizzlies


Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

The Memphis Grizzlies ended the Oklahoma City Thunder’s six-game winning streak beating them 94-88 in Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Thunder trailed 87-78 with 3:15 left in the game before going on an 8-0 lead to cut the deficit to just one point. Russell Westbrook then gambled on the next possession trying to steal the ball from Marc Gasol from behind. Gasol held on and found O.J. Mayo for an open three-pointer which he made as the shot clock expired and Memphis led 90-86 with 17 seconds left.

The Thunder showcased some of their old problems that seemed no longer issues these past few weeks. Oklahoma Coty turned the ball over 18 times in the game and gave up 14 offensive rebounds to the Grizzlies.

Westbrook also came back to real life scoring only 19 points while going 5-for-16 from the field. Kevin Durant wasn’t much better scoring 21 points and shooting 8-for-20 in the game. The two also combined to turn the ball over eight times.

James Harden did not turn the ball over once and scored 14 points to go along with five assists and five rebounds for the Thunder. This was a game when the Thunder might have needed more from Harden with Westbrook and Durant struggling but the Memphis defense was a tough one tonight.

The Grizzlies shot just 39.1 percent from the field but attempted 14 more field goals than the Thunder in the game.

Mayo was the killer for Memphis coming off the bench for 22 points including the big three. Tony Allen may have made the biggest impact though through his defense which is as good as anyone’s in the NBA and scoring 15 points and grabbing eight rebounds in 41 minutes. The Grizzlies were plus-12 with Allen on the floor.

Oklahoma City wasn’t going to win every game the rest of this season although they did appear unbeatable during the past week. The Thunder will be off tomorrow before squaring off in Miami Wednesday night.

Tags: James Harden Kevin Durant Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies O.J. Mayo Russell Westbrook Tony Allen