Kevin Durant scored 26 points, James Harden led an outburst by Oklahoma City's bench with 21, and the Thunder evened its series with Memphis by beating the Grizzlies, 111-102, in Game 2 on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.
After scoring just 16 points in a Game 1 loss, the Thunder’s bench tripled that amount and put Oklahoma City firmly in control with an 18-6 run to start the fourth quarter.
Russell Westbrook scored 24, and his backup, Eric Maynor, added 15 for the Thunder.
Mike Conley scored 24 for Memphis, which cut a 21-point, fourth-quarter deficit to six in the final minutes.
Game 3 is Saturday night in Memphis.
Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combined to make just five of 22 shots for 28 points — just over half their total from the opener.
The interior tandem helped Memphis dominate the paint for 52 points in Game 1, but the Thunder outscored the Grizzlies 38-34 this time by deploying frequent double-teams.
At Heat 102, Celtics 91: LeBron James scored 24 of his 35 points in the second half, Dwyane Wade added 28, and Miami used a late 14-0 run to pull away and beat Boston for a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Boston tied the game at 80 on a pair of free throws by Paul Pierce with 7:10 left. The Celtics missed their next six shots and Miami pulled away.
Chris Bosh finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Miami. Game 3 is Saturday in Boston.
Rajon Rondo scored 20 points and added 12 assists to lead Boston.
GRIFFIN TOP ROOKIE
Clippers forward Blake Griffin will be named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year today, according to a person familiar with the news who spoke on condition of anonymity because the formal announcement hadn’t been made.