Kevin Durant hit the go-ahead jumper with 11.1 seconds remaining to help the Thunder defeat the Grizzlies 93-91 in Game 1 of a Western Conference semifinals series on Sunday.
A nip-and-tuck Game 1 finally swung on an end-to-end sequence that began with Derek Fisher poking the ball free from Mike Conley on a drive. Durant -- who had just knocked down a floater to cut the Grizzlies' lead to one on the previous possession -- wasted no time pushing the ball up the court. With multiple Memphis defenders back, Durant opted for a pull-up jumper over Tayshaun Prince from a step inside the three-point line. He knocked it down cleanly and, after an exchange of free throws, the Thunder emerged victorious.
"I've just got to get it by any means possible," Durant said, after pouring in 12 points in the game's final 7:20. "I've got to rebound, push the ball, find my teammates, and I had to make a shot. My teammates did a great job believing in me and we all did it together."
Durant finished with a game-high 35 points (on 13-for-26 shooting), 15 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and a steal in 44 minutes. Kevin Martin
added 25 points off the bench for the Thunder. Memphis was led by 20 points and 10 rebounds from Marc Gasol
and 18 points and 10 rebounds from Zach Randolph