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article imageNBA: Memphis takes 2-1 lead with 101-93 OT win over Thunder

By Austin Tyler     May 7, 2011 in Sports
Memphis - The Grizzlies have been tough at home and after winning game one in Oklahoma City, Memphis held home court advantage with this win on their home floor. Memphis has never been out of the first round and the fans were excited welcome them home.
The Memphis Grizzlies (46-36) hosted their first game of the second round welcoming the Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27) for game three. The Thunder have not been in the second round of the playoffs either, so this is new territory for both teams and the Grizzlies got the 101-93 overtime victory.
Oklahoma City jumped out to a quick start with a 9-4 lead behind Kevin Durant’s jumper. Zach Randolph made a jumper, but the Thunder still had a 13-6 lead. Marc Gasol made back-to-back jumpers to get the Grizzlies within five-points. Memphis took a timeout, and then Oklahoma City took a timeout as both teams struggled to score.
O.J. Mayo made a pair of free-throws and a jumper to get the Grizzlies within one. Hamed Haddadi made a pair of free-throws to give the Grizzlies the lead late. Kevin Durant gave OKC a 18-16 lead after he hit a three-pointer. The Grizzlies ended the period with a 6-2 spurt with Mayo making a jumper to give Memphis a 22-20 lead.
Nazr Mohammed opened the second quarter with a jumper to tie the game up at 22-points apiece. Zach Randolph made a jumper to give the Grizzlies a two-point lead, and Hamed Haddadi made two more free-throws push their lead to four-points. James Harden made a pair of free-throws to get the Thunder within two, and came back with a dunk to tie the game up at 28 points apiece.
Memphis and OKC traded the lead until the Thunder scored ten straight points to take a 40-31 lead. James Harden started the run with a three-point play, and Russell Westbrook capped it off with a pair of free-throws. Marc Gasol made a jumper to get the Grizzlies within five-points. Kevin Durant made a three-pointer to make it 43-35.
OKC had a 49-41 lead off a Serge Ibaka jumper. Mark Gasol made one of two free-throws to cut the Thunder lead to seven-points. Thabo Sefolosha made a layup to give the Thunder a nine-point lead. The Thunder ended the half with a 51-43 lead.
Russell Westbrook made a jumper to give the Thunder a ten-point lead to start the third quarter. Marc Gasol made a pair of free-throws, but OKC scored the next four points to make it a 12-point lead. Tony Allen made one of two free-throws to cut the Thunder lead to single-digits.
Russell Westbrook made jumper and a pair of free-throws to make it an 11-point 63-52 lead. Memphis had trouble scoring and Russell Westbrook made a three-pointer to make it a 14-point Thunder lead. O.J. Mayo made a three-pointer and that forced OKC to call a timeout. The Grizzlies battled back with Mayo and Mike Conley making layups to go into final period down 76-63.
Memphis started the fourth quarter with a 6-0 spurt to cut OKC lead down to seven. James Harden made a layup to make it a 78-69 lead for the Thunder. Kevin Durant made a jumper and layup to give the Thunder an 11-point, 82-71 lead. O.J. Mayo made a three-pointer as the Grizzlies began to chip away at the lead. Mike Conley made a three-pointer and Zach Randolph made a layup to get Memphis within three-points.
Mike Conley made a jumper that forced OKC to call a timeout with a one-point, 84-83 lead. Tony Allen made a free-throw to tie the game up at 84 points apiece with 3:03 left in the game. Allen was later fouled and he made one of two free-throws to give them a one point lead, and Conley made one of his own give them an 86-64 lead.
Russell Westbrook made a pair of free-throws to tie the game up at 86 points. Kevin Durant and Zach Randolph both had chances to win the game for their respective teams, but missed them both and they went into overtime.
The Grizzlies opened the overtime period with a 6-0 spurt to make it 92-86. Serge Ibaka scored on a tip-in to get the Thunder within four-points. Marc Gasol made a pair of free-throws with .56 seconds left in regulation.
O.J. Mayo of the Memphis Grizzlies
O.J. Mayo of the Memphis Grizzlies
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Zach Randolph sealed the game with a pair of free-throws to give the Grizzlies a 100-90 lead. James Harden made a three-pointer, but the game was already over.
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Kevin Durant scored 22 points with 12 rebounds. Serge Ibaka had 14 points with eight rebounds and six blocks. Kendrick Perkins had 13 rebounds with six points.
James Harden came off the bench to score 12 points with five rebounds.
Zach Randolph scored 21 points and grabbed 21 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies. Mike Conley chipped in with 18 points, and Marc Gasol scored 16 point and seven rebounds. Tony Allen scored 10 points and did a great job defending Kevin Durant.
O.J. Mayo came in off the bench and scored 18 points with six rebounds, four assists and two steals and blocks.
Memphis now holds a 2-1 advantage and home court advantage with one more game in Memphis on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 9:30 PM (EST). NBA History shoes that the team that wins game three goes on to win the series 75 percent of the time.
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