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NBA: Grizzlies hold off Thunder 100-99 in OT

Published April 29, 2014 11:56 pm

NBA • Memphis pushes OKC to brink of elimination.
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Oklahoma City • Mike Miller scored 21 points and the Memphis Grizzlies held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-99 in a record fourth straight overtime game Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.

Oklahoma City rebounded a missed 3-point attempt by Miller and called a timeout, trailing 100-99 with 2.9 seconds remaining. Kevin Durant of the Thunder missed a long 3-point attempt and teammate Serge Ibaka tipped the ball in on the rebound. The shot was reviewed and it was determined that it was released after the buzzer, ending the game.

Zach Randolph added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who will host Game 6 on Thursday.

Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for the Thunder.

Oklahoma City trailed by 20 points in the third quarter but trimmed its deficit to six by the start of the fourth quarter and finally took a 79-78 lead on a 3-pointer by Durant.

Memphis maintained its composure. Consecutive baskets by Mike Conley put the Grizzlies up 87-82 with just under 4 minutes to play.

Oklahoma City's Caron Butler was fouled by Randolph as he hit a 3-pointer with 2:40 to play. He made the free throw to cut Memphis' lead to 87-86.

Oklahoma City, trailing 89-88, had a chance to take the lead in the final minute of regulation, but Durant was stripped, and the ball was stolen by Conley. Tony Allen made the first free throw with 30 seconds left.

He missed the second, but Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies got the rebound with 20.3 seconds to play.

Conley was stripped by Westbrook, and Westbrook dunked with 4 seconds left to tie the game at 90. Memphis didn't get a shot off in time at the end of regulation and the teams went to overtime for a record fourth straight game. —

Grizzlies 100,Thunder 99 OVERTIME

Memphis 30 25 21 14 10 — 100

Okla. City 25 18 27 20 9 — 99

MEMPHIS (100)

Prince 3-7 0-0 7, Randolph 8-15 4-7 20, Gasol 4-14 3-4 11, Conley 8-17 0-0 17, Lee 2-8 3-4 7, Allen 3-7 1-3 7, Udrih 2-5 2-2 6, Koufos 1-3 2-2 4, Miller 6-11 4-4 21, Davis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-87 19-26 100.

OKLAHOMA CITY (99)

Durant 10-24 3-6 26, Ibaka 6-10 2-3 15, Perkins 1-2 0-0 2, Westbrook 10-31 9-9 30, Sefolosha 0-2 0-0 0, Jackson 2-7 0-0 6, Collison 0-0 0-0 0, Butler 5-10 1-1 15, Adams 0-0 0-0 0, Fisher 2-6 0-0 5.

Totals 36-92 15-19 99.

3-Point Goals—Memphis 7-19 (Miller 5-8, Prince 1-2, Conley 1-3, Allen 0-1, Udrih 0-2, Lee 0-3), Oklahoma City 12-31 (Butler 4-8, Durant 3-8, Jackson 2-3, Ibaka 1-2, Fisher 1-3, Westbrook 1-7). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Memphis 56 (Gasol 15), Oklahoma City 61 (Ibaka 12). Assists—Memphis 21 (Conley, Lee, Gasol 4), Oklahoma City 24 (Westbrook 13). Total Fouls—Memphis 21, Oklahoma City 22. A—18,203 (18,203) —

NBA playoffs

Tuesday

O Washington 75, Chicago 69

Washington wins series 4-1

• Memphis 100, Oklahoma City 99, OT

Grizzlies lead series 3-2

• L.A. Clippers vs. Golden State, late

Series tied 2-2

Wednesday

• Dallas at San Antonio, 5 p.m., TNT (series tied 2-2)

• Brooklyn at Toronto, 6 p.m., NBATV (series tied 2-2)

• Portland at Houston, 7:30 p.m., TNT (Blazers lead 3-1)