Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger has said that his side allowed the Oklahoma City Thunder too much room in the first half, as they were beaten 100-86 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
"No question we ran outta gas after that third quarter. We have to make them have to play," Joerger told reporters after the game.
"They were just free and loose in the first half. We did a better job slowing things down in the third quarter."
The sides will meet again for Game Two on Monday in Oklahoma City.