NBA PLAYOFFS: Thunder beat Grizzlies in series opener
Kevin Durant scored 35 points and hit a pair of jumpers in the final minute to lift host Oklahoma City to a 93-91 victory against Memphis on Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Derek Fisher poked the ball away from Mike Conley to spring Durant the other way and he pulled up to hit a shot with 11.1 seconds left to put Oklahoma City up 91-90. Thabo Sefolosha then deflected an inbounds pass, and Conley landed out of bounds while diving for the ball.
Reggie Jackson hit two free throws to make the lead three, and Quincy Pondexter was unable to hit all three of his free throws with 1.6 seconds left to tie it up.
Game 2 is Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
Pacers 102, Knicks 95: David West scored 20 points, Paul George added 19 and visiting Indiana beat New York in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
D.J. Augustin had 16 points for the Pacers, who built a 16-point lead while Carmelo Anthony was on the bench in foul trouble in the third quarter, and easily held on to spoil the Knicks’ first second-round game since 2000.
Anthony finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds, but was frustrated by the Pacers’ rugged defense and the referees. He shot just 10 of 28 from the field.
Game 2 is in New York on Tuesday, and then the series takes a lengthy break before Game 3 on Saturday in Indiana.