Apr 19, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) congratulates guard Russell Westbrook (0) after play in action against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second quarter in game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Thunder Win Game 1 Despite Poor Third Quarter

Apr 19, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) blocks a shot attempt by Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen (9) during the second quarter in game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

 

With the way the slate of NBA playoffs games went today, Memphis stealing game one in Oklahoma City tonight would not have been astonishing.

The Nets went into Toronto and won, the Warriors went into Los Angeles and stole Game 1, and the Hawks shocked the NBA world winning game one in Indiana.

The next in that sequence would be the Grizzlies going into Chesapeake Energy Arena and winning.

Nope.

Oklahoma City set the tone, and looked dominate in the first quarter, as they went 8-0 run to open up the game. Memphis started 0-5 from field, and called timeout with 9:23 to go in first, down 14-2. 19 of OKC’s 23 points came from Durant and Westbrook, as they lead 23-10, and finished the first quarter up 29-16.

The second quarter was no different for the Thunder, as they looked dominate and in total control. OKC led by 21, 45-24, after a three from Durant, and went into the locker room 56-34. Memphis looked completely lost, missing 11 first half free throws, and shooting a terrible percentage from the field.

At this point, many NBA fans probably headed to bed. And you can’t blame them.

But, as soon as Memphis came out of the locker room, they looked like a totally new team.

The Grizzlies went on a 11-0 run to start the quarter, and cut it to a 12 point game, 60-48. After a 17-4 run, Memphis cut the lead to five(!!), 64-59. OKC lost the quarter 31-13, and only lead 69-65 heading into the fourth.

What? How?

The defense was atrocious, as Oklahoma City let Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol absolute dominate the paint. Westbrook was off, shooting just 1-7 and forcing bad shots, and Memphis’ Tony Allen was doing a great job defending Durant.

No worries, though. The MVP wasn’t going to let Memphis come into his building and win this game.

The lead was back to 10, 83-73 after a Kevin Durant. The Thunder went on a 13-1 run mid-way through the fourth to open the game back up to a 12 point lead. Randolph picked up his fifth foul and sat some time on the bench.

Oklahoma City closed out the game, winning Game 1 100-86, behind 33 points from Kevin Durant.

Extra Notes:

– If the Thunder could get Gasol and Randolph in foul trouble throughout the series, that would be huge. Memphis has zero depth at that position.

-More blood for Nick Collison tonight. What else is new?

-Tony Allen did a great job on Durant tonight.

-Caron Butler’s jam. I must say, I had no idea he had that in him.

-Westbrook was on the bench for a good 10 minutes. He wasn’t playing well to start the third quarter, but  Brooks might have over done it.

-The Thunder were the only home team to win game one. Welp.

-Serge Ibaka was a beast tonight: 17 points(6-8 from the floor), with nine rebounds and four blocks.

 

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