After one of their worst opening performances in franchise playoff history, the Memphis Grizzlies regained momentum last night and managed to bang out a win in overtime against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Arena.
The Thunder led for only 3 minutes in regulation and fought back from a fairly moderate deficit to trade one and two-point leads in the waning minutes of the 4th quarter.
With less than 12 seconds left and trailing 99-97, the Thunder had one last chance to at least force overtime with a Russell Westbrook possession. He missed his 3-opint attempt, but a putback from Kendrick Perkins, who didn’t have a field goal all night, forced the game into overtime.
Both teams would put up a fight in OT, but ultimately the Grizzlies got the 111-105 win on the road.
Durant had a double double on the night with 36 points and 11 rebounds, Russell Westbrook scored 29 points and Serge Ibaka also banged out a double double with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks.
The Grizzlies will now take the home-court advantage home to Memphis where game three will be played on Thursday.
Stars get first playoff win since 2008
The Thunder aren’t the only area team in playoff contention, though. Just to our south, the Dallas Stars were also in action last night against the Ducks.
The Ducks led the series 2-0 going into last night’s game, but Dallas made a quick change to that when they shut out Anaheim 3-0 at home in Dallas.
Kari Lehtonen lasted through five Anaheim power plays and blocked 37 shots last night in front of the Dallas net and Jamie Benn got the first goal after skating out of the penalty box in the first period. Rookie Valeri Nichushkin added a second goal and all but crushed Anaheim’s hopes of a possible sweep in the series.
Last night’s win marks the first playoff victory for the Stars in six years. It had been 2,162 days since they last hosted a playoff game.
Of the players on the current team, only Trevor Daley was on the 2008 team that last reached the playoffs. He got the assist with a pass to Shawn Horcoff who shot and scored the final goal in the game.
The stars will play game 4 in the series tonight at 7 p.m.