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HAPPY EASTER EVERYBODY.
Solid photo of Caron Butler's dunk (by Nate Billings): http://t.co/SSdpSvkkVv
Per Thunder, Russell Westbrook went to the locker room late in the third quarter to change his jersey. Had blood on it.
Westbrook: "As a point guard, my job is to set the tone. And I didn't do a great job of that to start the third quarter."
Russell Westbrook sits down at the podium and says, "Haven't been up here in a long time."
Mike Conley: "We were embarrassed in the first half, quite frankly."
Joerger asked about Tony Allen's decent offensive night: "Yeah, they don't guard him."
Dave Joerger on if his guys ran out of gas in the second half: "No question."
Brooks on Westbrook going to the tunnel/locker room: "Russell, as far as I know, is fine. This is the first I've heard of it."
Brooks on Westbrook: "Russell, as far as I know, he's fine."
Scott Brooks: "I think Caron's dunk probably surprised 18,203 fans, as well as the staff and players."
Final from Game 1: Thunder beats the Grizzlies 100-85. Game 2 on Monday night at 7 p.m. CT.
Final from Game 1: Thunder 100, Grizzlies 86.
Thunder win Game 1 100-86. Durant with 33-8-7, Westbrook 23-10-5, Ibaka 17, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Make it 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Russell Westbrook.
Kevin Durant leaves with 33 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Serge Ibaka changes games with some of his blocks. Has four tonight.
Ibaka blockassist to KD for a dunk. Pretty good play.
If I make that catch Durant just did and try and put up a layup full speed ahead, it hits the backboard so hard it rolls to halfcourt.
Kevin Durant's go-go-gadget arms.
Grizzlies are just running out of gas after that third quarter.
My guess: Westbrook needed a little cool down phase after running a little too hot in the third.
Russell Westbrook to the scorer's table after a lonnnng rest.
Russell Westbrook headed to check in.
Thought for a second Fisher was going to try and go dunk that one.
Don't want to leave that guy...
What the what Caron Butler.
Tony Allen is balling on both ends.
Ed Davis checks in at 9:52 in the fourth for Randolph who picked up his fifth. First sub of the second half for Memphis.
Five fouls on Zach Randolph forces Dave Joerger to make his first substitution of the second half.
Third time in 10 games Collison's been bloodied.
Nick Collison bleeding again...
Collison's bleeding again this time from his right elbow.
Dave Joerger starts the fourth with his five that started the third, and played that entire quarter. Hasn't subbed this half.
Memphis in the first half: 12-of-48 shooting, 34 points. Memphis in the third quarter: 14-of-24, 31 points.
Memphis outscores OKC 31-13 in the third period and holds the Thunder to 3-for-16 shooting in the period to pull within 69-65. 4th Q ahead.
Grizzlies outscore OKC 31-13 in the third, and the Thunder lead just 69-65 heading to the fourth.
The Thunder went 3-of-16 shooting with five turnovers in the third quarter. Oof. Lead cut from 22 to four.
I don't think I could write my name if 19,000 people were chanting MVP at me, much less make some free throws.
Grizz are methodical, but impressive. Thunder lethargic. Lead down to seven.
Russell Westbrook started 5-7. Has made just one of his last seven. Forcing some bad ones in the third.
Grizzlies had 34 in the first half. They put up half that in less than five minutes to start the third. Quite the turnaround.
Grizzlies start the third quarter on a 17-4 run, cutting a 22-point halftime deficit to nine with 7:17 left in the period.
And just like that -- in less than five minutes -- Grizzlies trim OKC's 22-point halftime lead to nine.
Energy level not there for the Thunder to start the second half. Grizzlies on a 16-4 run, have cut the lead to 10.
Grizzlies halfcourt sets are night and day from first half to second. Lot more movement and action. Great adjustment by Joerger.
Tony Allen starting the second half in place of Tayshaun Prince (illness), who played just four first-half minutes
Quick change gets me every time. I saw the woman change and I still don't know where the previous outfit went.
Thunder lead the Grizzlies 56-34 at half. Durant with 17-5-4, Westbrook with 16 and 8 rebounds. Memphis shot 12-48 (25 percent).
Halftime: Thunder up 56-34. Westbrook/KD with 33 on 13-of-25 FG. Randolph/Gasol with 14 on 5-of-20 FG.
At halftime, the Thunder leads the Grizzlies, 56-34. Durant has 17 points. Westbrook has 16. Memphis shooting 12-48 (25 percent)
Avert your eyes: Grizzlies first half shot chart -> http://t.co/UqRVMqn425
The Thunder are just completely overwhelming the Grizzlies. When you can't run anything in the halfcourt, you're gonna get smoked.
Great recognition by Durant to reward the big man (Ibaka) for his hustle (blocking Tony Allen in transition and running the floor).
Grizzlies now 11-of-46 from the field and 8-of-16 from the line. Haven't made a three, either.
First half minutes for Hasheem Thabeet. Maybe Scott Brooks is just trolling the Grizzlies (team that drafted Thabeet 2nd overall).
Reggie Jackson has taken a game-high six free throws. Need more of that out of him.
They say the ball is faster than the defender. Except when that defender is Russell Westbrook. (I'm talking that recovery on Mike Conley.)
Westbrook has a game-high seven rebounds.
The Thunder averaged 6.1 blocks this season, second most in the NBA. OKC has seven in the first 17 minutes.
I think Caron Butler went to Russell Westbrook Swag School.
The Bash Brothers are bashing. Collison and Adams have combined for five blocks in 13 minutes.
The worst thing about the extra long timeouts in the playoffs is that I basically just had to listen to all of "Tik Tok."
Shoutout to the Thunder fan in a bunny costume, Serge Ibaka jersey and gold chain with a wine glass. THAT's how you do Easter.
Steven Adams has played one minute and 26 seconds. He has three blocks.
Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph combined to score nine points on 3-for-16 shooting in the first quarter.
Thunder 29, Grizzlies 16 after one. Memphis shooting 5-for-29 (17.2 percent) in the first quarter.
Thunder lead Memphis 29-16 after a quarter. Westbrook with 12 on 5-7. Grizzlies shot 5-of-29 (17.2 percent).
Memphis shot 5-of-29 in the first quarter. Seventeen percent. OKC up 29-16. About as well as they could have played.
Derek Fisher toe on the line? Derek Fisher toe on the line.
Mike Miller into the game. Last time he played OKC in the playoffs: 23 pts, 7/8 from three. Wonder if Thunder fans remember?
Russell Westbrook with a perfect FIFA lob through ball to Durant.
Russell Westbrook rollllllllling early: 10 points, 4/5 shooting, four rebounds, two assists. Making up for lost playoff time.
One minutes, two fouls for Tony Allen. On that Blake Griffin plan.
Both catches Randolph has had have been 15 feet from the basket. That's the advantage to playing Perk on him. Just forces him out.
Memphis' start has been about as ugly as Thabo Sefolosha's new haircut.
Memphis trying to make road teams 4-0 on opening day in the NBA playoffs. Not going well early. OKC up 8-0.
Thunder start on an 8-0 run. Timeout, Grizzlies.
To say Russell Westbrook is fired up would be a serious understatement. Dude looks like he's about to spontaneously combust.
Kevin Durant miss, Kendrick Perkins tip-in to get this OKC playoff run started. As we all expected.
The Thunder coaches, broadcasters and support personnel are wearing commemorative pins tonight in honor of OKC bombing victims.
Moment of silence in OKC to remember 4-19-95. Pretty powerful moment.
Thunder fan with a KD fathead and Slim Reaper: "Here lies Queen James" T-Shirt (photo by Nate Billings): http://t.co/G8qVX5Bm0M
Thunder currently 7.5-point favorites over the Grizzlies tonight. Seems high, especially for a game expected to be in the 90's.
Steven Adams played 85 minutes in the four games vs Memphis this season. Had 13 offensive rebounds, more than everyone not named Z-Bo.
Kendrick Perkins will start the game guarding Zach Randolph, Serge Ibaka is on Marc Gasol.
Real nice road win for the Warriors. Early reminder of how crazy the West is gonna be.