Memphis 95, Oklahoma City 98

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 8:00 PM
Location - FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Officials - #35 Kane Fitzgerald, #41 Ken Mauer, #51 Leroy Richardson
Attendance - 18119

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Oklahoma City 23 31 18 26 98
Memphis 20 29 21 25 95

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Oklahoma City 3-0 1-0 2-0 W3
Memphis 0-2 0-1 0-1 L2

Recap

Kevin Durant scored 32 points and James Harden added 20 as the Oklahoma City Thunder recorded a 98-95 victory over the host Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

Durant scored 30 or more points for the third consecutive game as Oklahoma City (3-0) opened the season with three consecutive victories for the first time since 2003-04. The franchise was then known as the Seattle SuperSonics.

Zach Randolph had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Rudy Gay added 19 points and 12 rebounds for Memphis (0-2). This marked the first meeting between the two teams since the Thunder defeated the Grizzlies in the second round of last season’s playoffs.

Oklahoma City led by 12 points with five minutes to play, but Memphis went on a 13-3 run to cut the margin to 92-90 on Gay’s basket with 58.6 seconds left.

Randolph hit a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds to pull the Grizzlies within 96-95. Durant hit two free throws with one second left and Randolph’s 55-foot last-second heave wasn’t close.

Memphis led 76-75 after Randolph’s baseline jumper with 9:40 left but Oklahoma answered with a 14-1 spurt that included four 3-pointers – two by Daequan Cook and one each by Durant and Harden – to take an 89-77 lead with 5:24 remaining.

The Thunder were 10-for-25 from 3-point range while Memphis was 2-for-16 from behind the arc.

Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley sprained his left ankle 24 seconds into the game and didn’t return.

Top Game Performances

Oklahoma City   Memphis
Kevin Durant 32 Scoring Zach Randolph 24
Russell Westbrook 6 Assists Jeremy Pargo 7
Kevin Durant 8 Rebounds Marc Gasol 12
Kevin Durant 10 Free Throws Made Zach Randolph 9
James Harden 1 Steals Tony Allen 2
Serge Ibaka 3 Blocks Marc Gasol 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Oklahoma City 98 37.7 10-25 30-38 16 41 8 4 11
Memphis 95 39.1 2-16 25-33 13 49 6 5 12

Upcoming Games

  • Memphis will play their next game at home against Houston. The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Oklahoma City will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Thunder have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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