Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Grizzlies silence Thunder to even up series as Knicks beat pacers to level series.

Memphis Frizzles 99, 93 Oklhaoma Thunder


Marc Gasol scored 24 points and Zach Randolph added 15 as the visiting Grizzlies out-scored the Thunder 30-19 in the fourth quarter. Game Three is in Memphis on Saturday.

Kevin Durant had 36 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in another big performance for Oklahoma City. Derek Fisher tallied 19 points and went 4-for-5 from three-point range, but the Thunder were hurt by 21 turnovers.

The Grizzlies took a 92-90 lead when Conley drained a three-pointer with 1:58 to play and he followed that up by knocking down an 18-footer with 1:04 left and a free throw with 29.4 seconds remaining to make it a five-point game.

Randolph hit two free throws and Tony Allen slammed home a dunk to cap a 10-0 run and give Memphis a 99-90 advantage.

Gasol had 17 first-half points as Memphis took a 54-51 lead into the break. Durant scored 13 points in the third quarter as Oklahoma City held the Grizzlies to 15 points and led 74-69 entering the final stanza.

New York Knicks 105, 79 Indiana Pacers

After a slow start, Anthony exploded in the second half as the Knicks overturned a two-point deficit with a devastating second half burst at a packed Madison Square Garden.
"In that last minute or two minutes in the third quarter we got a little spurt before we started the fourth quarter," said Knicks head coach Mike Woodson.
"Fourth quarter, defensively, we picked up. We kept getting stop after stop and our offense got into a flow, like old times. It was nice to see."
Anthony, who won this season's NBA scoring title, also had nine rebounds and scored half of his 32 points during a 36-4 New York blitz. In the fourth quarter alone, the Knicks outscored the Pacers 33-13.
"I think he (Anthony) is great," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said.

"He is a best of an offensive player and a competitor on the defensive end. He made a lot of tough shots and guarded pretty well tonight."

Iman Shumpert contributed 15 points for the Knicks, seeded second in the Eastern Conference playoffs, while Raymond Felton chipped in with 14 for the home team, including both three-pointers he attempted.

"I thought it was a total team hustle game," said Woodson. "Everyone was involved with deflections. Our hands were active and our rotations were right where they needed to be."

The Pacers, who had won Sunday's opening game by 102-95, got off to a slow start in Game Two, trailling by 13 points during the second quarter.

They briefly grabbed the lead in the third quarter but were unable to keep up with the Knicks when it mattered.

Paul George led the way with 20 points while David West had 13 and six rebounds. Despite the loss, the Pacers were upbeat about their prospects with games Three and Four being held in Indiana.

The eventual winner will advance to the Eastern Conference Final, against either Miami Heat or the Chicago Bulls.

"We didn't finish the third quarter well and it gave them some momentum heading into the fourth quarter," said George.

"And that's when Melo (Anthony) got off. We were scrambling and chasing them around throughout the whole quarter."


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