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article imageNBA: Thunder beat Grizzlies 99-72 to take a 3-2 lead in series

By Austin Tyler     May 12, 2011 in Sports
Oklahoma City - The question was which team will bounce back to get the win after going into three overtimes in game four. Well the Thunder answered by handing the Grizzlies one of their most lopsided losses in this post season, beating them by 27 points, 99-72.
The series shifted back to Oklahoma City where game five would be the pivotal game in this close series. The Oklahoma City Thunder (55-37) took advantage of their home crowd as they took advantage of a tired Memphis Grizzlies (46-36) team. Both teams looked tired, but the Thunder seemed to be energized by their crowd that was loud the whole game.
The Grizzlies jumped out early as they took a 6-0 run leaving the Thunder fans standing till the 8:04 mark when Thabo Sefolosha made a jumper. Kevin Durant later made a jumper to make it a 6-4 game. Tony Allen made a pair of jumpers and Mike Conley added layup to give Memphis a 12-6 lead.
The Thunder went on an 8-2 run that tied the game up at 14 points apiece after a James Harden layup. Russell Westbrook started the run with a jumper at the 3:23 mark. O.J. Mayo made a three-pointer with .52 seconds left to give the Grizzlies a 17-14 lead. The Thunder got a three-pointer from Harden with a second left to tie the game up at 17 points apiece.
O.J. Mayo broke the lead early in the second quarter with a dunk only to have Nazr Mohammed make a tip-in to tie the game back up at 19 points apiece. The Grizzlies took a brief 22-19 lead before the Thunder got within one-point with a Nick Collison jumper. Daequan Cook made a three-pointer to give the Thunder a two-point lead. Darrell Arthur and Cook both traded baskets as Oklahoma City called a timeout with the game tied at 28 points apiece.
The teams traded baskets and the lead with Zach Randolph making a free-throw and Russell Westbrook making a jumper. Marc Gasol gave the Grizzlies a 31-30 lead till the Thunder scored the next seven-points to take a 37-31 lead.
Tony Allen made a jumper to get the Grizzlies within four-points, but the Thunder responded with an 8-0 run that gave them a 45-33 lead. Marc Gasol made jumper to cut the Thunder lead to 10 points. Kevin Durant ended the period with a free-throw to give the Thunder a 46-35 lead going into halftime.
Kevin Durant opened the third quarter with a dunk that gave the Thunder a 48-35 lead. Marc Gasol scored the Grizzlies first four points in the second half as he made it a 48-39 game. Russell Westbrook got a steal off of Mike Conley and went down for a tomahawk dunk that had the crowd erupt.
The Grizzlies tried to cut the Thunder’s lead to single-digits, but the OKC just had answers for every Memphis basket. Marc Gasol made the score 57-46 then Kevin Durant made a jumper and Kendrick Perkins made a layup to give OKC a 61-46 lead. The Thunder pushed their lead to 19 points after Kevin Durant made a three-pointer. OKC ended the third period with a 19 point, 71-52 lead.
Zach Randolph made a pair of free-throws to make it 71-53 early in the final period. Daequan Cook made a three-pointer and Nazr Mohammed made a bucket that pushed the Thunder’s lead to 24 points. Memphis got a basket from Tony Allen, but the Grizzlies just had trouble scoring.
Mike Conley made a three-pointer, but that did not put a dent in the Thunder’s lead. Daequan Cook later made a dunk that pushed OKC lead to 24 points, and force Memphis to take a timeout. The Grizzlies pretty much called the game over with 5:56 left in the period as they began to empty their bench.
Daequan Cook made a three-pointer and Nazr Mohammed made a jumper that just added to the Thunder’s lead. The score was 90-63 at the 4:07 mark till Greivis Vasquez made a jumper. Nate Robinson finally got in the game for the Thunder and made a three-pointer to make it 93-67. The Grizzlies scored a couple of buckets, but Cook ended the game with another three-pointer to cap a 99-72 victory.
Daeuan Cook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Daeuan Cook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
flickr/Keith Allison
The only player to score in double-digits for the Grizzlies was Marc Gasol with 15 points. Zach Randolph and Mike Conley struggled scoring just nine points.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had light scoring nights for the Thunder. Durant had 19 points with seven rebounds, and Westbrook added 11 points with six assists. Daequan Cook came off the bench with 18 points on 4-5 shooting from behind the arc, and Nazr Mohammed scored 10 points.
This is the first game in this series that neither team hit triple-digits. Even though this was a 27 point loss for the Grizzlies, this was not the worst lost of the post season as the Los Angeles Lakers lost the Dallas Mavericks by 36 points.
Oklahoma City now owns a 3-2 series lead, but the series shifts back to Memphis for game six that either end or extend the series to a game seven. The game will be played Friday, May 13, 2011 at 9:00 PM (EST).
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