Last night, the Memphis Grizzlies proved to the Oklahoma City Thunder and the rest of the NBA that their first round upset over the San Antonio Spurs was no fluke. Also, in a very chippy game, Dwyane Wade led the Miami Heat to a game one victory at home.
Game One: (4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (8) Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Arena
- Final Score: Grizzlies 114, Thunder 101
- The Grizzlies used what worked so well against San Antonio to beat Oklahoma City, forcing them into 18 turnovers that the Grizzlies converted into 23 points. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol were too much to handle insidem even for Kendrick Perkins and Sergre Ibaka
- Thunder – Kevin Durant: 33 points, 11 rebounds
- Grizzlies – Zach Randolph: 34 points, 10 rebounds
- Key Stats: The Grizzlies got 54 points from their frontcourt combo of Randolph and Gasol while Ibaka and Perkins had just 18.
- “You can not stop him,” said Thunder forward Kevin Durant. “You have to make him take tough shots. He is the go-to guy. He gets into position and gets to where he wants to be. … We must help those guys (Ibaka and Perkins) out more.”
- “It’s winning time,” Gasol said. “This is who we are. We’re going to lose or win being who we are.”
- The Grizzlies will try to steal another game in Oklahoma City tomorrow before they head to home to Memphis.
Game One: (2) Miami Heat vs. (3) Boston Celtics, American Airlines Arena
- Final Score: Heat 99, Celtics 90
- After struggling against Jrue Holiday in their series against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Heat made it a priority to limit Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, who finished with just eight points on 30 percent shooting from the field. He also finished with seven assists, but also turned the ball over five times.
- Heat – Dwyane Wade: 38 points, five assists, three steals
- Celtics – Ray Allen: 25 points. 5-of-8 from beyond the arch.
- Key Stats: Heat reserve forward James Jones outscored the entire Celtics second unit. Jones scored 25 points and made five three-pointers.
- “I’m the type of player where I’m always going to find a way,” Wade said. “I just have to make the shots. Tonight, I made the shots.”
- The Heat will look to go up 2-0 at home on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. EST.