Kevin Durant scored 35 points and hit a pair of jumpers in the final minute to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 93-91 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Derek Fisher poked the ball away from Mike Conley to spring Durant the other way and he pulled up to hit a shot with 11.1 seconds left to put Oklahoma City up 91-90. Thabo Sefolosha then deflected an inbounds pass, and Conley landed out of bounds while diving for the ball.
Reggie Jackson hit two free throws to make the lead three, and Quincy Pondexter was unable to hit all three of his free throws with 1.6 seconds left to tie it up.
Kevin Martin had his second-straight impressive performance, ending the game with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Despite scoring 93 points, the Thunder started dreadfully slow from the field. OKC hit just five of 23 shots in the first quarter (22%), but only trailed by two points.
In the second quarter, the Thunder's offense picked up the pace, scoring 33 to grab a 47-46 halftime lead. Once again, OKC was inefficient in the third quarter, falling behind by 12 with 2:52 left on the clock.
Durant took over once the fourth quarter began - following a Fisher three to cut the deficit to six points, KD would score a game-high 12 points in the final frame - none bigger than the jumper with 11.1 seconds to play and the Thunder down 90-89.
Game 2 is set for an 8:30 PM tip on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.
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