The Oklahoma City Thunder lost their second straight game last night on the road in overtime 90-89 to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Marc Gasol tipped in a Zach Randolph miss with less than a second to go in OT to lift the Grizzlies to the win.
The game only went into overtime because Jerryd Bayless made a very tough three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation.
The Thunder shot just 35.7 percent from the field and only made 2-of-18 three-pointers. They also had a season-low nine assists as a team.
Memphis had 19 offensive rebounds.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 48 minutes, 32 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists – B
Durant was fantastic in the third quarter scoring 15 points as he outscored the entire Grizzlies team in the quarter by himself. But then he cooled off and would only make two of his last nine field goal attempts. He hit a big shot on the second to last possession in overtime to give the Thunder the lead but overall did not shoot to his capability. He shot just 11-for-28 for the game and once again finished with more turnovers than assists.
Russell Westbrook – 41 minutes, 20 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds – C
Westbrook never shoots well against Memphis and that was the case again last night as he went 7-for-25 from the field. Memphis plays him a little tighter than most teams and Westbrook can’t find his usual rhythm on his jumper and then starts pressing on drives as well. He hit some big free throws late and made a huge basket to give the Thunder the lead in the final seconds but this was still one of Westbrook’s worst games of the year.
Serge Ibaka – 22 minutes, 2 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks – F
Just two points from Ibaka in this game was completely unacceptable. He needs to be the Thunder’s third option all of the time, not just occasionally. He was completely outplayed by the Memphis frontline and should be embarrassed by his performance in this game.
Kevin Martin – 33 minutes, 17 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals – B
Martin was actually pretty solid last night and came through more than he usually does on the road. He was definitely not the problem. He didn’t have any assists but that is a credit to the Memphis defense as well.
Kendrick Perkins – 33 minutes, 2 points, 16 rebounds, 1 assist – B
Give Perkins a lot of credit for competing down low with the Memphis bigs all night. He helped contain Randolph to just 6-for-21 shooting and was a monster on the defensive glass.
Thabo Sefolosha – 20 minutes, 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 block – C
This was a very quiet game from Sefolosha who missed the only shot he took. The Thunder are always better when Sefolosha is able to do more things on offense and last night that was not the case at all.
Nick Collison – 29 minutes, 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists – B+
Collison played well in big minutes instead of Ibaka. But he only scored four points and that is again the difference between he and Ibaka. The Thunder need Ibaka playing better so they don’t need to rely on Collison as much, as good as Collison is.
Reggie Jackson – 23 minutes, 7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block – B+
Jackson played very well again and he is starting to get more minutes in crunch time because of his defense. He didn’t have any assists but no one really did for OKC last night. He continues to show his ability to score driving to the rim and as a rebounder.
Derek Fisher – 11 minutes, 0 points – C
Fisher didn’t register a single statistic in 11 minutes last night. He was 0-for-4 from the field and 0-for-2 from there. The Thunder outscored Memphis by 13 with him in though.
Hasheem Thabeet – 5 minutes, 0 points, 2 rebounds – C
Thabeet didn’t shoot in limited minutes and only got a few boards and committed three fouls.