Fisher, who scored 19 points in Game 2, scored 14 in his first nine minutes of action. He made three three point shots within a two minute span in the second quarter to keep the Thunder narrowly in front.
But the night belonged to players like Mike Conley and Allen, both of whom had Game 1 performances they would rather forget. But as Durant stumbled down the stretch of Game 2, Conley excelled.
"He is an amazing player that brings it every night," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "He did everything he could possibly do. He rebounded 11 times. He had nine assists. He had 36 points I can't complain with the effort he played with. He put us in position to win the game."
Trailing by two points with just under two minutes to play, Durant closed the game by missing two three point shots and watching Tony Allen steal the ball from him. Afterwards, the failure to come through down the stretch prompted questions about how much is too much for Durant to handle in the absence of injured point guard Russell Westbrook.
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of seven Western Conference second round series 1 1 with Game 3 in Memphis on Saturday.
Allen was the other catalyst. Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins was hesitant to put Allen on Durant defensively in Game 1. But Allen found himself covering Durant in Game 2 because, as Allen put it, "I assume we just got desperate."
Story HighlightsThe Grizzlies beat the Thunder, 99 93Mike Conley led Memphis with 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assistsKevin Durant led all scorers with 36 points in the losing effort
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Memphis scored 30 of its first 56 points in the paint. And the Grizzlies took advantage of sloppy play by the Thunder throughout the first half. At one point in the second quarter, the Thunder had as many turnovers (six) as made field goals.
He gave his team the go ahead 3 pointer with 1:58 to play. He made an 18 footer with 1:04 to play to extend Converse Fashion the lead to four points. And he sank one of two free throws with 29.4 seconds to play. Conley, one game after making five of 15 field goal attempts, finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant during the first half at Chesapeake Energy Arena.(Photo: Mark D. Smith, USA TODAY Sports)
"Tony was huge for us tonight," Conley said. "When you call on him, he delivers. He had to guard one of the best players in the league. He did a good job throwing something different on him. He rattled him a little bit in different aspects of the game."
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"Right now he is one of the top five point guards in the league no matter if anybody likes it or not," Allen said.
of a burden, Durant said, "I can carry as much as coach needs me to carry."
OKLAHOMA CITY Kevin Durant followed up a sensational Game 1 performance against the Memphis Grizzlies with an equally impressive effort for 46 minutes Tuesday.
On one possession, Durant shot faked, took one dribble inside three point line and flipped a pass to the corner for Fisher, who buried his second three point attempt in the game. Soon after, Fisher then buried a high arcing 3 pointer over hand of Quincy Pondexter.
Then came the final two minutes. And despite nearly recording a triple double in Game 2, Durant was held in check in the last two minutes as the Grizzlies won, 99 93, at Chesapeake Energy Arena. They tied this best Converse Classic White High
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BOX SCORE: Grizzlies 99, Thunder 93
game series two seasons ago. And for the Thunder, Derek Fisher, who had an important late game steal in Game 1, made a key contribution off the bench that was almost enough for the Thunder to eke out a victory.
Though Durant thrived for most of the game, Allen got the key steal from Durant in the game's waning moments.
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