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article imageNBA: Zach Randolph leads Grizzlies past Thunder 95-83

By Austin Tyler     May 14, 2011 in Sports
Memphis - The Thunder gave the Grizzlies a beating in game four and it looked like they were ready to close the series in game six. Memphis looked down and out, but snapped back behind Zach Randolph’s play to even things at three games apiece.
The Memphis Grizzlies (46-36) took two tough back-to-back losses to the Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27). One was on their home floor in game four when they went into triple overtime 133-123, and the other was in Oklahoma City where they lost 99-72. With back-to-back losses like they you would expect the team to fold, but Memphis is caring their city on their back and gave their fans a show in game six with a 95-83 victory.
The Thunder got the ball first, but the O.J. Mayo stole the ball from Russell Westbrook as the Grizzlies came out with defense on their mind. Zach Randolph scored the Grizzlies first six points as Kevin Durant started the game the Thunder’s first six points. Durant’s first bucket was a three-pointer than he came back and made a three-point play.
Russell Westbrook made a three-pointer and Serge Ibaka made a jumper that made it 11-6. The problem for the Thunder in this game was Durant in foul trouble, he picked up a quick foul on Tony Allen and then got hit with a offensive foul which sat him down at the 7:37 mark.
The Thunder got a seven-point lead off a Russell Westbrook layup, and Memphis called a timeout. Out the timeout the Grizzlies went on a 9-0 run that gave them a 15-13 lead after a Shane Battier tip-in. O.J. Mayo made a three-pointer and then the game got chippy. Russell Westbrook was hit with a technical first for getting into it with Shane Battier then Zach Randolph and Serge Ibaka got into it and the refs called double-technicals on them.
O.J. Mayo made a dunk and Zach Randolph made a layup that gave the Grizzlies a 23-17 lead. James Harden and Thabo Sefolosha ended the quarter with back-to-back buckets which cut the Grizzlies lead to two points, 23-21.
Nick Collison tied the game up at 23 points apiece to start the second quarter with a layup. Darrell Arthur broke the tie with a layup, and Tony Allen made a three-pointer to give the Grizzlies a five-point lead. Marc Gasol made a hook-shot for the Grizzlies that made it 30-25 before Eric Maynor made a layup for the Thunder to cut the lead to three-points.
James Harden made a three-point play that gave the Thunder a two-point lead, 32-32. Kevin Durant made a free-throw and Kendrick Perkins made a pair of free-throws to give the Thunder a 35-32 lead. Sam Young got the Grizzlies within one-point with a jumper, but the Thunder answered with a 6-0 spurt that gave them a 41-34 lead that forced Memphis to call a timeout.
The Thunder jumped out to a 13-point lead after James Harden made pair of three-pointers to give them a 52-39 lead. Zach Randolph made a jumper, but the Thunder was still up by 13-points after a Russell Westbrook jumper. Shane Battier made a three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the Thunder lead to ten going into halftime, 54-44.
Memphis opened the third quarter with an 11-2 run that got them within one-point 56-55. The score was 54-50 and Oklahoma City called a timeout to try and cool off Memphis. During the run O.J. Mayo made a three-pointer and Zach Randolph made a pair of free-throws.
O.J. Mayo had stepped out of bounds and had turned the ball over to OKC. Mayo and James Harden got in each other’s face and they were hit with double technicals.
Russell Westbrook made a layup and Kevin Durant made a free-throw to give them a four-point, 59-55 lead. Tony Allen made a layup and Zach Randolph made a jumper to tie the game up at 59 points apiece.
The teams traded baskets and the lead as they had tied the game up at 63 points and 65 points apiece. O.J. Mayo broke with a three-point play that gave them a 68-65 lead. Kevin Durant answered with a three-point play of his own that tied the game back up at 68 points apiece.
The Grizzlies got free-throws from Darrell Arthur and Mike Conley to give them a 72-68 lead going into the final period.
James Harden made a jumper early to cut the Grizzlies lead to two-points, 72-70. Darrell Arthur made a jumper and Zach Randolph made a pair of jumpers to give Memphis a 78-71 lead. Randolph made another jumper that forced Oklahoma City to take a timeout. Russell Westbrook came out the timeout and made a jumper to make it a five-point 80-75 game.
The Grizzlies went on a quick 6-0 run that was started by an O.J. Mayo layup finished with Zach Randolph scoring four straight points to give them an 86-77 lead. Mayo made a jumper and Mike Conley made a layup to give the Grizzlies a 90-79 lead with 1:59 left in the game.
Kendrick Perkins made a pair of free-throws for the Thunder, but the Grizzlies ended the game with a 5-2 spurt. All the Grizzlies points came from the free-throw line with Conley, Allen, and Randolph. The Thunder got a layup from Russell Westbrook, but the game was pretty much over.
O.J. Mayo of the Memphis Grizzlies
O.J. Mayo of the Memphis Grizzlies
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Russell Westbrook led the Thunder in scoring with 27 points while Kevin Durant struggled going just 3-14, and 1-9 from behind the arc for 11 points. Durant had seven rebounds and five fouls.
James Harden was the only other player to score in double-digits for the Thunder, and he came off the bench to score 14 points with six rebounds and five assists.
Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 30 points and 13 rebounds. O.J. Mayo was inserted into the starting lineup in place of Sam Young and Mayo scored 16 points. Mike Conley scored 11 points with 12 assists and Tony Allen chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds.
With the Thunder holding home court advantage the series shifts back to Oklahoma City for game seven to break the 3-3 tie. Each team have won their so this game can be a toss-up, but most of the NBA analyst are saying the Thunder will win the game at home. They will square off on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 3:30 PM (EST).
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