“It was fun. It's something I can tell my kids about — that I played in a great game like this.” — Kevin Durant
Easy for him to say. He didn’t have to be at work early this morning after a triple-overtime, 256-point nailbiter.
Durant had 35 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder — forget Heat-Celtics; this is the NBA playoff series to watch — beat the Memphis Grizzlies 133-123 in three OTs, tying their series at 2-2, in Memphis.
Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 75 points in the game, in which Memphis led by 18 in the second quarter — then trailed by 10 in the fourth. Westbrook, who scored 40 points (on 33 field-goal attempts) in 51 minutes of play, missed jumpers that could have won the game at the end of both regulation and the second overtime.
Perhaps, in the future, the Thunder might go to Durant, the NBA’s scoring champ, in those situations, if at all possible. Durant had six points in the third OT and finished with 35 points on 20 field-goal attempts. (Yes, this is a far more efficient performance than Westbrook turned in. I don’t want to tell Scott Brooks his business, but this is something that the guys might discuss, now that they’ve retaken home-court advantage and all.)
Greivis Vasquez, Durant’s old teammate at Montrose Christian in Rockville, Md., finished with 14 points and forced the second overtime on an awkward three-pointer (after O.J. Mayo and Mike Conley had fouled out).
“I don't think I've ever been this tired,” Durant said after playing nearly 57 minutes. Game 5 is Wednesday night.