They enjoyed the benefits of a preferred pace, offensive balance and more disruptive defense.

Discipline clearly is an advantage for the Grizzlies too.

After blowing a 17-point, fourth quarter lead, the Grizzlies maintained their poise Thursday night and earned a 98-95 overtime victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series at FedExForum.

Memphis, just like in Game 2, was unfazed by an Oklahoma City rally and relied on its composure to take 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven, first-round series.

Game 4 is Saturday night.

“Coming home, I thought we played even keel,” Griz coach Dave Joerger said after his team won its 15th straight game in FedExForum, dating back to the end of the regular season. “We were pretty sharp for most of the game.”

The Grizzlies’ only rough stretch came after they took an 81-64 advantage with 7:43 left in the fourth quarter. Memphis went roughly seven minutes without scoring.

The drought allowed Oklahoma City to score 17 unanswered points, and the Thunder ended regulation on a 21-4 run to force overtime. Russell Westbrook’s four-point play after Tony Allen fouled him on a 3-pointer highlighted the comeback because the play knotted the score at 85.

Memphis’ final possession in the fourth began with 26.6 seconds left. Mike Conley dribbled the clock down and then darted to the basket and got a clean look. But his layup attempt off the glass caught every inch of the rim and popped out.

Oklahoma City retrieved the ball and had a chance to win the game with 2.4 ticks remaining. But Kevin Durant’s three-point attempt was way off and overtime ensued.

Memphis fell behind 88-85 in the overtime but ended the game on a 12-4 run. Conley scored five of his team-high 20 points in the extra period, and pinpointed why the Griz never get rattled even when it seems as if they’ve totally lost momentum.

“That third quarter in Game 1 showed us what we’re capable of doing,” Conley said. “Once you see what you’re capable of doing, you get confident. We just try to do what works. We’ve been doing that to the best of our ability.”

Not since Game 1 have the Thunder appeared cohesive or confident on offense. The Griz came back from 25 down to make it a two-point game before losing the series opener. But they have been in control ever since despite the dramatic moments.