The Grizzlies know they have to stop blowing fourth-quarter leads. Consecutive overtime wins makes the needed corrections much easier for Memphis.
Mike Conley scored 5 of his 20 points in overtime, and the Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 98-95, Thursday night in Memphis to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.
‘‘Obviously, we’re happy with the win but disappointed at the way we handled that last quarter,’’ Conley said. ‘‘We knew they were going to make runs. We knew they’d keep fighting because that’s what they do, and it’s the playoffs. They’re going to make runs. They’re going to make plays. They have two of the best players in the league.’’
Still, the Grizzlies won their second straight overtime game, this time after leading by 17 before going cold for most of the final 7:43 of regulation. Courtney Lee clinched the win, hitting three of four free throws in the final 10.9 seconds of overtime.
Game 4 is Saturday night in Memphis.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 30 points for the Thunder, who even got another 4-point play in the final minute to force overtime. This time, it was Westbrook’s turn with 26.6 seconds left.
Zach Randolph scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds for Memphis, which now has won 15 straight at home.
Tony Allen, who scored 16 points for Memphis, gave the Thunder one final chance at an improbable play to keep the game alive. After Lee split his free throws with 1.7 seconds left in OT, Westbrook was racing up the right sideline trying to get a shot off before the buzzer.
Allen tripped Westbrook, sending him to the line for three attempts. Westbrook hit the first, missed the second, and then clanked the third off the rim on purpose. But Ed Davis tipped away the ball to seal it for Memphis.
Hawks 98, Pacers 85 — Jeff Teague flung in a wild 3-pointer after the officials missed him stepping out of bounds, and Kyle Korver finished off Indiana from beyond the arc to lead host Atlanta to victory.
The Hawks took control in the third quarter — the decisive period in all three games — and held off the Pacers to go up, 2-1, in the series. Game 4 is Saturday in Atlanta.
The Hawks were up, 84-78, with the shot clock running down when Teague launched a running shot from the wing — after his foot clipped the line.
The play was reviewed and referee Tony Brothers explained that officials took another look at the play merely to determine if Teague was behind the 3-point line when he shot. Under NBA rules the only other thing they could look at was the position of Teague’s feet when the ball left his hand. He was clearly in bounds when he shot.
Teague had 22 points and 10 assists while Korver added 20 points.
Clippers 98, Warriors 96 — Blake Griffin poured in 32 points to lift visiting Los Angeles.
Chris Paul had 15 points and 10 assists and DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 22 rebounds for the Clippers, who took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Sunday in Oakland, Calif.