The Oklahoma City Thunder blew a 10 point halftime lead, losing to the Memphis Grizzlies. With the loss, the Grizzlies force a game 7. Grizzlies were dominate on both sides of the ball in the second half, yet the Thunder weren’t out of the game until late fourth quarter.

Kevin Durant shot poorly for the first time in what seems like forever. KD went just 3-14 from the field, finishing with just 11 points. Russell Westbrook had a solid game 11-22 shooting for 27 points. Oklahoma City scored just 29 second half points in what could be considered another second half meltdown.

Breaking down the keys to the game.
Control Zbo, Gasol
: 15-30, 8-10 FT, 38 points. 24 points in the second half.  Randolph had just 1 rebound in the first half, but came back with 12 in the second half.  OKC had nothing to counter the Grizzlies interior in the second half. Randolph was just in a zone. Very disappointing if you are a Thunder fan after the domination that was laid on Wednesday.

Grade: F

James Harden: Harden was phenominal in the first half. Harden had 12 first half points, hitting two three point shots. However, the second half he was basically non-existant. Finished with 14 points

Grade: D

Emotion: 3 technical fouls in the first half, not to mention KD settling for the 3 point shot (1-9) and only scoring the 29 points in the second half. The Grizzlies crowd was able to get in the head of the Thunder players and it was very obvious.

Grade: F

Overall this game was an atrocious display on how to close out a team. We really need to step it up Sunday inside the Thunderdome.

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