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Bench leads Thunder past Grizzlies to even series

Published: Tuesday, May 3 2011 10:40 p.m. MDT

Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, left, reaches around Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant during the first quarter of Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 3, 2011.  (Alonzo Adams, Associated Press) Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, left, reaches around Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant during the first quarter of Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 3, 2011. (Alonzo Adams, Associated Press)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 26 points, James Harden led an outburst by Oklahoma City's bench with 21, and the Thunder evened their series with Memphis by beating the Grizzlies 111-102 in Game 2 on Tuesday night.

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.

Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combined to make just five of 22 shots for 28 points — just over half their total from the opener.

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