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article imageNBA: Thunder gets 133-123 win in 3 OT’s to beat Grizzlies

By Austin Tyler     May 11, 2011 in Sports
Memphis - The Grizzlies have had some of their best games at home, and had a chance to close this game out too, but had some key players foul out. The Thunder needed this win to keep their playoff hopes alive and make sure this series at least goes six games.
The Memphis Grizzlies (46-36) hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27) for game four of the Western Conference Semifinals. This is the second game the Grizzlies have hosted the Thunder in this series and could have taken a commanding 3-1 lead, but the Thunder pulled off a 133-123 victory to tie things up. Each team has now won on each other’s home floor to make this series a bit more interesting.
Memphis pulled off a 14-4 run to start the game behind the play of Marc Gasol and Tony Allen who scored the majority of the Grizzlies points. Oklahoma City tried to close the gap between them and Memphis as Serge Ibaka made one of two free-throws and Russell Westbrook making a jumper to get within five-points.
Zach Randolph made a pair of jumpers to start a Grizzlies 10-4 run that pushed their lead to 24-13. Serge Ibaka got a dunk for the Thunder, but the Thunder could not score to close the gap. Marc Gasol made a pair of free-throws and Greivis Garcia made a jumper to give the Grizzlies a 28-16 lead.
Shane Battier opened the second quarter with a three-point play that gave them a 31-16 lead. The Thunder did not score a field goal since the 2:14 mark in the first quarter only getting free-throws from Kevin Durant and James Harden. The Grizzlies had a 7-0 run to make it a 35-18 lead.
Daequan Cook made a pair of three-pointers to make the Thunders first field goal at the 8:04 mark in the second quarter. Cook’s three-pointers cut into the Grizzlies lead and made the score 39-25. James Harden made a layup to try and get it close, but Zach Randolph scored five straight points to give Memphis a 17-point lead.
The Thunder went on a 12-3 run to get back in the game 47-39. Russell Westbrook scores five points during that run for OKC, and O.J. Mayo made a three-pointer for Memphis. The Grizzlies had a 49-39 lead after a Mike Conley jumper. The teams traded free-throws down the stretch only to have the Grizzlies go into halftime with a 53-49 lead.
The Grizzlies opened the third quarter with Zach Randolph scoring four straight points to take a 57-49 lead. Kevin Durant scored the next six points to get the Thunder within two-points 57-55. The Thunder tied the game up at 61 points apiece behind a Russell Westbrook jumper that forced Memphis to take a timeout. Out of the timeout O.J. Mayo made a three-pointer to give the Grizzlies a 64-61 lead.
Russell Westbrook made a pair of layups to give the Thunder a 67-66 lead. O.J. Mayo answered with a jumper later on to give the Grizzlies a one-point lead. Kendrick Perkins made a layup and Kevin Durant made a pair of free-throws to give the Thunder a 71-68 lead. Marc Gasol ended the quarter with a 4-0 run that gave them back the lead 72-71.
Nazr Mohammed made a dunk to give the Thunder a one-point lead. The Grizzlies took the lead back with a Darrell Arthur jumper to make it 76-75. Eric Maynor made a three-pointer and Kevin Durant later made a dunk that gave the Thunder an 81-76 lead. The Grizzlies got within three-points after Mike Conley made a pair of free-throws.
The Thunder went on a 7-0 run that gave them a 90-80 lead with 5:24 left in the game. The Grizzlies went on a 7-0 run of their own to try and cut into the Thunder lead. The Thunder was up 96-89 then Marc Gasol made a jumper, Zach Randolph made a pair of free-throws to get Memphis within three-points, 96-93. With .3 seconds left Mike Conley made his three-pointer of the game to tie the game up a 96 points apiece to end regulation.
OKC took an early 100-96 lead after James Harden made a pair of free-throws. The Thunder went on 9-2 run that gave them a 105-98 lead after a Kevin Durant three-pointer. O.J. Mayo answered with a three-pointer of his own to get the Grizzlies within four-points. Mayo later made another three-pointer to make it a three-point, 107-104 game.
Zach Randolph made a pair of free-throws to get the Grizzlies within one-point 107-106. Russell Westbrook made a pair of free-throws to make it a 109-106 lead with .16 seconds left. Greivis Vasquez made a three-pointer to tie the game up with .9 seconds left in overtime. Kevin Durant had a chance to win the game, but missed a three-pointer.
The Grizzlies had to play the second overtime period without O.J. Mayo and Mike Conley who fouled out late in the first overtime period.
They then went into a second overtime with the game tied up at 109-109 apiece. Nick Collison was hit with technical foul, and Zach Randolph made the foul shot to give the Grizzlies a 110-109 lead. Russell Westbrook made a three-point play to give the Thunder a two-point lead. Zach Randolph made a tip-in to tie the game at 112-112 apiece.
Shane Battier made a jumper to give the Grizzlies a two-point lead, and Russell Westbrook made a jumper to tie the game back up. Greivis Vasquez made a three-point play to give the Grizzlies a 117-114 lead. OKC took a timeout and James Harden came out the timeout to hit a three-pointer that tied the game up again.
Marc Gasol made a tip-in basket that gave the Grizzlies the lead again 119-117. Russell Westbrook made a jumper to tie the game up at 119 with .30 seconds left. Both teams had a chance to win the game, but neither team could hit a shot and they went into a third overtime.
The Thunder opened the third overtime with a 6-2 run that gave them a 125-121 lead. Greivis Vasquez made a jumper to get the Grizzlies within two-points. That was the last basket the Grizzlies scored as the Thunder ended the game with an 8-0 run.
Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder
flickr/Keith Allison
The dagger was put in the game when Kevin Durant crossed Shane Battier up and knocked down a jumper to give them a 131-123 lead with .29 seconds left.
Russell Westbrook scored 40 points to lead the Thunder in scoring, and he also had five rebounds and assists. Kevin Durant scored 35 points with 13 rebounds and four steals as they combined to score 75 points. They were the only starters to score in double-digits for the Thunder.
James Harden scored 19 points to lead the bench in scoring and Daequan Cook chipped in with ten points.
Zach Randolph scored 34 points with 16 rebounds with Marc Gasol scoring 26 points and 21 rebounds. Mike Conley scored 16 points before he fouled out with five assists.
O.J. Mayo scored 18 points with five rebounds and assists to lead the bench in scoring. Greivis Vasquez scored 14 points in replace of Mike Conley who fouled out.
The Thunder even things up at two games apiece with the series going back to Oklahoma City on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 9:30 PM (EST).
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