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article imageNBA: Memphis pulls off the unexpected with 114-101 win over OKC

By Austin Tyler     May 1, 2011 in Sports
Oklahoma City - NBA stats show that no eight seed in NBA history has beaten a number one seed, and come back to win game one in the second round ever. Well Memphis pulled it off today with a 114-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder just one day after beating Spurs.
The Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27) hosted the Memphis Grizzlies (46-36) for game one of the Conference Semifinals. The Thunder took care of business against the Denver Nuggets in the first round winning the series 4-1. The Grizzlies came in as the eight seed and handed the San Antonio Spurs a 4-2 series loss, and that has not happen since the Golden State Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks in the 2007 NBA Playoffs.
Memphis jumped out to a 9-6 lead off a Marc Gasol bucket, but Oklahoma City kept is close throughout the beginning of the first quarter. Gasol made a jumper to give the Grizzlies an 11-8, but Russell Westbrook cut it back to one with a jumper of his own. Kevin Durant made a dunk to make the score 20-19 with 3:25 left in the period.
Zach Randolph made a jumper and Sam Young made a layup to give the Grizzlies a 24-19 lead. Westbrook made a layup to get the Thunder within three-points. Kevin Durant made a three-pointer with 1:01 left, a Gasol layup ended the quarter to give the Grizzlies a 28-24 lead.
Daequan Cook opened the second quarter with a three-pointer to get the Thunder within one-point. The Grizzlies went on a 6-0 spurt to take a 34-27 lead after a Shane Battier bucket. The Grizzlies continued to increase their lead as Darrell Arthur made a jumper to give the Grizzlies a nine-point lead.
Sam Young made a tip-in that pushed the Grizzlies lead to eleven-points, 43-32. Zach Randolph made a jumper that gave them a 45-32 lead with 5:46 left in the half. Memphis was leading 51-36 when Kevin Durant made a layup, but Randolph made a three-pointer to make it 54-38. OKC went on a 7-1 run to close out the half down ten-points, 57-47.
OKC opened the third quarter with an 11-4 run that got the within three-points, 61-58. Memphis took a seven point lead after a Zach Randolph hook-shot. Kevin Durant made a jumper to make it 71-67. Memphis got a three-pointer from Shane Battier to push their lead back up to nine-points, 80-71.
Marc Gasol made a two-pointer to give the Grizzlies an eleven-point lead, and Gasol made another jumper to give them an 84-71 lead. The Grizzlies ended the period with a 13 point lead going into the final period.
Memphis started the fourth quarter with a 7-3 run that gave them a 91-74 lead early forcing Oklahoma City to take a quick timeout. The Thunder got a three-pointer from Kevin Durant to start a 12-2 run to get within seven-points, 93-86. Mike Conley finally ended the drought with a jumper.
Shane Battier made a jumper to push the Grizzlies lead back to nine-points, 97-88. Zach Randolph made a jumper to get the Grizzlies to the 100 point mark. The score was 100-88 and The Thunder got a pair of free-throws from Russell Westbrook. The Thunder got within seven off a Kevin Durant tip-in, but that was the closes they got as the Grizzlies went on an 8-2 run.
Kevin Durant got fouled while shooting a three-pointer, and made all three of his free-throws. The Grizzlies got free-throws from Tony Allen and Mike Conley to give them a 112-98 lead. Russell Westbrook made a three-pointer while getting fouled, but could not complete the three-point play. The Thunder got the rebound, but could not convert as the ball went out of bonds.
Marc Gasol of Memphis Grizzlies
Marc Gasol of Memphis Grizzlies
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Zach Randolph finished the game off with a pair of free-throws. James Harden missed a late three-pointer, and the Grizzlies dribble the ball out to win the game.
Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with a playoff career high 34 points and 10 rebounds. Marc Gasol scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Mike Conley scored 15 points with seven assists, and Tony Allen chipped in with 12 points.
Shane Battier added 11 points off the bench.
Kevin Durant scored 33 points to lead the Thunder and grabbed 11 rebounds. Russell Westbrook scored 29 points with eight rebounds and six assists. Serge Ibaka scored 16 points and grabbed 11 points with five blocks.
The Grizzlies now own a 1-0 lead and have taken home court advantage in this seven game series. Game two is Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in Oklahoma City at 9:30 PM (EST).
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