Grizzlies beat Thunder to seize control of series


MEMPHIS, Tennessee: Mike Conley scored a team-high 24 points as Memphis rallied from a 17-point de­­fi­­cit to beat Oklahoma City 103-97 in overtime in game four of their second round playoff series on Monday.

All-star Zach Randolph had 23 points and 12 rebounds and Marc Gasol finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds for Memphis who took a 3-1 series lead to put themselves on the brink of their first appearance in the NBA playoff semi-finals.

The Grizzlies, who started out in the league as the Vancouver Grizzlies before moving to
Memphis in 2001, can wrap up the series in game five on Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

This marked the fifth consecutive playoff win for Memphis at home and they are now 19-1 at the FedExForum in the last three months.

“You don’t want to be down 17. But they came out firing,” said Memphis coach Lionel Hollins. “In the second half we got after them and were scratching and crawling.

Hollins said he tinkered with the lineup until he got the right combination of five players on the floor.

Two years ago, Memphis gave up an 18-point lead against the Thunder in game four of the second round and wound up losing in triple-overtime. They blew a 2-1 series lead and eventually lost in seven games.

Oklahoma City had five players score in double figures for the first time in the series.
But their offense struggled at times, especially in overtime when they shot just one-of-eight.

Kevin Durant finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Thunder who shot just 33 percent from the field after halftime.

Kevin Martin had 18 points in the loss.

Durant, who was the league’s second-leading scorer in the regular season, finished runner-up to LeBron James in MVP voting this season.

The Grizzlies did a good job of forcing him to miss shots down the stretch.

The Thunder have a huge task now. The defending Western Conference champions are one win away from elimination without one of their best offensive weapons, all-star Russell Westbrook, who injured his knee and is done for the season.



Please follow our commenting guidelines.

Comments are closed.