MEMPHIS, Tenn. - It wasn't a playoff game, but Tuesday night at the FedExForum the Oklahoma City Thunder and MEMPHIS Grizzlies borrowed from their playoff past. They were competitive, intense and physical.
The Thunder were down three points near game's end when Kevin Durant, who finished with 37 points, started driving the lane. He looked to have room for an easy floater if not a good chance to finish at the rim. He passed to Serge Ibaka in the corner for a 3-point attempt that Ibaka missed, and the Grizzlies got the rebound with 10.6 seconds left and hung on for a 90-87 victory.
The Thunder (28-10) lost for the fifth time in their last eight games. Point guard Reggie Jackson scored 17 points but had seven of Oklahoma City's 19 turnovers. Ibaka had 11 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
Trailing by four at halftime, MEMPHIS took a 54-53 lead at the 7:37 mark of the third quarter on a pair of Gasol free throws. The Grizzlies held the lead the rest of the way and were up 72-67 going into the fourth quarter.
Lee's 14-point first quarter helped MEMPHIS get out to a 24-12 lead with just under a minute to play in the first period. But the Thunder outscored the Grizzlies 35-19 the rest of the first half and led 47-43 at the break. Durant had 19 points, making 7-of-13 shots from the floor. Lee had 16 points and Jackson had 12.
The Thunder shot 43.6 percent (17-for-39) in the first half and also went 11-for-14 from the foul line (78.6 percent). MEMPHIS shot 37.8 percent (17-for-45) and was 6-for-8 (75 percent) from the free-throw line.
NOTES: After missing 23 games with a left MCL sprain, MEMPHIS All-Star C Marc Gasol returned to the starting lineup Tuesday night. Gasol was averaging 16.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists. ... Thunder F Kevin Durant's league-leading 29.6 scoring average heading into the game was more than three points ahead of New York's Carmelo Anthony (26.2). He is also averaging career highs in rebounding (8.2) and assists (4.9). He has had nine games with 30 or more points and at least 10 rebounds this season. ... Despite averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.33 steals in three games and 40.0 minutes, MEMPHIS PG Mike Conley lost out on Western Conference Player of the Week honors to Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. ... Tuesday marked the Grizzlies' 22nd home game, tied with Sacramento for the most in the NBA this season. Both teams have losing home records. MEMPHIS was 9-12 before Tuesday's game.