OKLAHOMA CITY Down by one in the final minute, Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher turned a tough situation for the Thunder into a worst-case scenario for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Fisher poked the ball away from Mike Conley, springing three-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant into the open court with a chance to put the Thunder on top.
Durant pulled up and connected on a jumper with 11.1 seconds left for the last of his 35 points, lifting the Thunder to a 93-91 victory Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
"I just wanted to get up the floor as quick as possible and find a shot," said Durant, who finished second in league MVP voting announced Sunday. "That was the only shot I could find, and by the grace of God, it went in."
Game 2 is Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.
Thabo Sefolosha of the Thunder then deflected a pass that Conley corralled but only after diving out of bounds. Reggie Jackson hit two free throws for a three-point lead, and Memphis' Quincy Pondexter couldn't force overtime after getting fouled while attempting a three-pointer with 1.6 seconds left.
Pondexter, a 72 percent career free-throw shooter, missed the first attempt. He made his second shot before intentionally missing the third, but Durant swatted away the rebound and Marc Gasol's attempt at a buzzer-beater was late.
Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Fisher, a five-time NBA champion who joined the Thunder earlier this season, turned around this game with his defense.
Conley got past him on a drive to the basket when Fisher reached in from behind and knocked the ball free. It was just the stop Oklahoma City needed.
"He makes plays, whether it's tipping the ball out and getting a steal or hitting the big shot to start the fourth," Durant said. "Or just his leadership in the huddles and the locker room is big for us. We need that."
Pacers 102, Knicks 95 in New York Bigger, badder and, so far, better. Physical beat finesse, as Indiana outworked and outmuscled New York in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
David West scored 20 points and Paul George 19 for the Pacers, who outrebounded the smaller Knicks 44-30.
"Guys did a good job just putting them on their heels," West said. "We were attacking; we were aggressive."
Indiana built a 16-point lead while Carmelo Anthony was on the bench in foul trouble in the third quarter and easily held on to spoil the Knicks' first second-round game since 2000.
Anthony had 27 points and 11 rebounds but was frustrated by the Pacers' tough defense and the referees. He shot 10 of 28 from the field.
Game 2 is Tuesday night.