Grizzlies vs. Thunder Game 2, NBA Playoffs 2013: Mike Conley leads Memphis in Game 2 thievery, 99-93

Ronald Martinez

The Grizzlies stole one on the road behind the stellar play of their floor general to give the Grizzlies a real shot at putting the series in a stranglehold as they head back to Memphis tied 1-1.

Mike Conley had 26 points to help withstand an outstanding game from Kevin Durant to lead the Memphis Grizzlies past the Oklahoma City Thunder 99-93 on Tuesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Conley pulled up from the right elbow and nailed a jumper at the 1:04 mark to give the Grizzlies a 94-90 lead on a high pick-and-roll. The on-ball defender couldn't get to him in time, and he drilled the open look to seal the Thunder's fate. On the next play, the Thunder committed a turnover after a miss and subsequent offensive rebound.

Derek Fisher made a critical steal at the 2:30 mark with the Thunder up 90-89, before a miss on the other end and a subsequent three-pointer by Mike Conley put the Grizzlies up by two off a great look setup by Marc Gasol. Conley's jumper late proved to be the dagger, though, as Oklahoma City was thrust into a fouling situation. Durant led all scorers with 36 points for the Thunder, falling one assist short of his first playoff triple-double, as he finished with 11 rebounds and nine assists. He went cold late, and committed five turnovers on the evening, which was a factor in the loss.

Zach Randolph and Gasol combined for 39 points and 13 rebounds to help dominate the game inside, where the Thunder are lacking. Memphis took control in the first half and got out to an early halftime lead, 51-54, behind the stellar play of Gasol and Randolph, who combined for 26 points during that stretch. They held the Thunder to just 37.5 percent shooting in the first quarter before the home team caught fire in the second. Veteran Derek Fisher had an outstanding half and poured in 14 points off the bench, with 13 coming in the second quarter alone.

After taking just six shots in the first half, Durant lit up the scoreboard for 11 points in the third quarter to lift the Thunder and re-take the lead, 74-69.

Memphis took care of business inside, as they outscored Oklahoma City 50-30 in the paint. The Grizzlies used the transition game to score easily, as evidenced by their 18 fast-break points against just seven for the Thunder.

Neither bench made a huge impact. The Thunder's de facto bench of Fisher and Kevin Martin combined for 25 points while the Thunder reserves totaled 18.

Turnovers told the story for the majority of this game for the Thunder, as they committed a total of 21 giveaways on the night. They also got beat on the offensive glass, 16-8, which resulted in that many more second-chance points for the Grizzlies.

Neither team shot particularly well. Memphis finished at 41.9 percent shooting from the field, while The Thunder managed 42.9 percent.

There were 27 lead changes in the game, the most in any playoff game since 2009.

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