Thunder 93, Grizzlies 91
Derek Fisher turned a tough situation for host Oklahoma City into the worst-case scenario for Memphis.
With the Thunder down by one in the final minute, Fisher poked the ball away from Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, springing three-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant into the open court with a chance to put the Thunder on top.
Durant pulled up and connected on a jumper with 11.1 seconds left for the last of his 35 points, lifting the Thunder to a dramatic victory over the Grizzlies on Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
“I just wanted to get up the floor as quick as possible and find a shot,” said Durant. “That was the only shot I could find and, by the grace of God, it went in.”
Game 2 is Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.
Thabo Sefolosha kept the Grizzlies from going back ahead, deflecting a pass that Conley was able to corral — but only after diving out of bounds. Reggie Jackson then hit two free throws for a three-point lead, and Quincy Pondexter couldn’t force overtime after getting fouled while attempting a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left.
Pondexter, a 72 percent career free-throw shooter, missed the first free throw. He made his second attempt before intentionally missing the third, but Durant swatted the rebound away and Marc Gasol’s attempt at a buzzer-beater was late.
Pacers 102, Knicks 95
Physical beat finesse as Indiana outworked and outmuscled host New York in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. David West scored 20 points and Paul George added 19 for the Pacers, who outrebounded the Knicks 44-30. Game 2 is Tuesday night.