A quick recap and video highlights of the NBA Playoffs action that happened in the NBA on Monday night. You can find the highlights and recaps below. Recaps courtesy of Sports Illustrated.
Memphis Grizzlies 111 – Oklahoma City Thunder 105 (OT)
Nothing rattled the Memphis Grizzlies.
Not squandering a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter and a five-point lead in the final 19 seconds of regulation. Not Kevin Durant‘s 20 points after the third quarter. Not even giving up an improbable game-tying putback that forced overtime.
The Grizzlies remained steady and took care of business in the extra period. Zach Randolph scored 25 points to help Memphis defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-105 in overtime on Monday night and tie their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.
”It was just staying confident, understanding that those guys are going to make runs,” Memphis forward Tony Allen said. ”We’ve got to weather the storm by staying together and not getting down.”
Mike Conley added 19 points and 12 assists for the Grizzlies, who executed their game plan perfectly and put themselves in position to take control of the series in Game 3 Thursday night in Memphis. Oklahoma City pushed the pace through most of its 100-86 victory in Game 1, but on Monday, the Grizzlies successfully slowed the tempo and limited Oklahoma City’s fast-break opportunities.
”Basically it’s just going to be a slugfest,” said Allen, who was praised by his teammates for playing solid defense against Durant. ”We’re going to pound it. They’re going to run it. Whoever can come up with the most stops pretty much wins the game.” (Continue reading here)
Los Angeles Clippers 138 – Golden State Warriors 98
After getting knocked down in their playoff opener, Blake Griffin and the Clippers answered with a dominant performance in shutting down the Warriors as soon as the game began.
Griffin scored a career playoff-high 35 points without a foul and Los Angeles led all the way in a 138-98 rout Monday night to even their first-round series at a game apiece.
”We were really aggressive on our defense,” Griffin said. ”When you play more aggressive you stay out of foul trouble.”
Chris Paul added 12 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who started the game on a 14-4 run and kept on going, maintaining a sizeable double-digit lead through the final three quarters. They finished with franchise records for points and largest victory margin in a playoff game.
”When we play with that force and thrust, it’s hard to defend us,” Paul said.
Game 3 is Thursday at Oakland.
All the foul trouble that plagued Griffin and Paul in the Clippers’ four-point loss in Game 1 belonged to the Warriors this time.
Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 24 points in the third quarter, when the Warriors never got closer than 25 points, while he played with four fouls. Klay Thompson finished with seven points – 15 under his average – and four fouls. Andre Iguodala, who fouled out of Game 1, and Jermaine O’Neal had four points and three fouls each. (Continue reading here)