The Thunder beat the Grizzlies 133-123 in triple-overtime to even the series 2-2. Russell Westbrook scored 40. Kevin Durant had 35. It was a very good game.
That’s it. That’s all I got. After that four-hour marathon, prize fight or whatever cliche you want to plug in, I feel like I just went through about 250 stages of emotions.
I thought the game was over about 40 different times. Once as early as about four minutes in. The Grizzlies started the game 8-0 and pushed out to an 18-point first half lead. That seems so, so long ago. But for the first quarter or so, the Thunder just didn’t look ready. The Grizzlies came out swinging and Oklahoma City wasn’t ready to respond.
Funny to think about all that happened later on. I mean seriously, how does one go about accurately describing this game? The Thunder made a great push to get within four going to halftime, played a terrific second half and held a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. They failed to close out the final four minutes and after Kendrick Perkins missed two crucial free throws, Mike Conley dropped an impossible 3. Russell Westbrook had a decent look with 3.5 seconds left to send the game to overtime but came up short.
And that’s when things started to get crazy. Keep Reading…