Miller scores 19 for Grizzlies
OKLAHOMA CITY — Forward Kevin Durant scored 30 of his game-high 37 points in the second half to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Memphis Grizzlies 113-107 on Friday.
After a slow start, Durant scored 17 points in the third to help the Thunder go up 87-71 heading into the fourth quarter.
However, guard Mike Miller, a Mitchell native, came off the bench for the Grizzlies (32-25) and helped cut the lead to six points with 4:22 left in the game. He was not only knocking down threes but was taking his defenders off the dribble.
The Grizzlies cut it to four with 3:33 left. After Miller missed a layup that would have trimmed the deficit to two, Durant made them pay with a step-back jumper. Miller led the Grizzlies with 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. That included 4-of-5 from behind the arc.
Memphis forward James Johnson answered with a 3-pointer to make the score 105-102. After a miss by Thunder guard Reggie Jackson, Durant was called for a technical during a timeout. However, Miller missed the ensuing foul shot.
The Grizzlies went to center Marc Gasol in the paint with Durant guarding him. Gasol missed a shot and Durant responded by knocking down a corner jumper to push the Oklahoma City advantage to five.
The Thunder came up with a defensive stop and Durant hit another mid-range jumper over Gasol’s outstretched arms with 33 seconds left to put the game out of reach.