A pair of teams that put together a playoff classic three years ago might just be working on another.

That could have easily been a prevailing notion Monday night following the Grizzlies’ 111-105 Game 2 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

After a breath-taking display on defense by a certain No. 9, five periods and a miraculous yet clutch four-point play, the Griz head back to Memphis with their best-of-seven first-round series knotted at 1-1.

“That’s why the playoffs are so fun,” Griz guard Courtney Lee said. “It’s a different atmosphere. As a player and a competitor, you want to play in this type of atmosphere.”

The Griz had to work long and hard to rebound from a demoralizing Game 1 defeat. But that’s what many onlookers predicted how this Western Conference playoff matchup would be: long and hard.

This marked the sixth playoff overtime game the Griz have played against the Thunder. Memphis won four of the previous five. The Grizzlies’ only loss so far when these teams grace the fans with extra playoff basketball came in that three-overtime classic in FedExForum during the 2011 Western Conference semifinals.

“There were a lot of big plays,” Griz coach Dave Joerger said. “Not just the-ball-go-in kind of plays, but loose balls. Tremendous game to be a part of- passionate playoff basketball with great competition.”

Griz forward Zach Randolph scored a layup with 26 seconds left in the overtime, and that proved to be the game-winner after the score was knotted at 105. Randolph led the Grizzlies’ offense by scoring eight of his team-high 25 points in the extra session.

Tony Allen, wearing No. 9 in Beale Street Blue, spearheaded clutch defense that lasted the entire game. Just ask Thunder forward Kevin Durant, whom Allen harassed into 12 of 28 shooting and a night filled with more frustration than feel-good looks at the basket.

“They made more plays than we did,” Durant said. “But we’re not panicking at all.”

Allen said he just followed the game plan.

“Basically, it’s going to be a slugfest,” Allen said. “We’re going to pound it and they’re going to run it. Whoever executes the best is going to win it.”