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Grizz top Thunder, reach West finals

Published May 15, 2013 11:15 pm

Western Conference • Durant misses last chance to save OKC.
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Oklahoma City • The Memphis Grizzlies advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 88-84 on Wednesday night.

Zach Randolph had 28 points and 14 rebounds, and Mike Conley added 13 points and 11 assists for Memphis, the fifth seed.

Kevin Durant missed a 16-foot jumper from the left wing to tie it with 6 seconds left, finishing off a miserable shooting night for the three-time NBA scoring champion.

Durant ended up with 21 points on 5-for-21 shooting, the third-worst performance of his playoff career. The Thunder, who made it to the NBA Finals last season, were eliminated in five games. The top seed in the West went 2-6 after All-Star guard Russell Westbrook went out with a knee injury that required surgery.

Serge Ibaka had 17 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 1:26 to play during a desperation comeback try for the Thunder.

Oklahoma City trailed by 12 with three minutes left before going on a 16-6 rally, with Reggie Jackson's 3-pointer cutting the deficit to 86-84 with 14.3 seconds remaining.

Randolph missed both free throws with 11.3 seconds on the clock to give the Thunder one last chance to save their season. Durant got the ball beyond the 3-point line on the left wing and navigated around Tony Allen before missing the jumper.

Allen then made two free throws to close it out.

After letting a 14-point lead get trimmed to two, the Grizzlies regained control with a 12-2 run to start the fourth quarter. It featured seven points from Randolph — five from the foul line — to go up 76-64 with 6:03 remaining.

It was just a big enough cushion to finish off a series of games that all came down to the wire. The first three games featured a go-ahead basket in the final two minutes, and Game 4 went to overtime. Memphis won the final four games.

Oklahoma City opened the game on a 7-0 run. But it couldn't sustain the momentum and allowed Memphis to pull even before the midway point of the first quarter. Grizzlies 88, Thunder 84

FG FT Reb

Memphis Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Prince 31:01 3-13 2-2 2-6 1 3 8

Randlph 41:07 8-17 12-16 3-14 2 3 28

Gasol 40:59 5-13 0-0 1-7 0 2 10

Conley 39:12 5-18 3-3 1-7 11 2 13

Allen 28:51 4-6 3-3 0-3 2 3 11

Bayless 20:10 2-9 3-3 0-4 2 2 8

Arthur 8:55 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2

Pondxtr 20:58 2-2 0-0 0-3 0 2 6

Dooling 8:48 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 0 2

Totals 240:00 30-81 25-29 8-45 18 17 88

Percentages: FG .370, FT .862. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Pondexter 2-2, Bayless 1-4, Allen 0-1, Dooling 0-1, Prince 0-2, Conley 0-4). Team Rebounds: 13. Team Turnovers: 10 (9 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Gasol 3). Turnovers: 9 (Allen 2, Conley 2, Prince 2, Bayless, Pondexter, Randolph). Steals: 9 (Gasol 3, Allen 2, Conley 2, Randolph 2). Technical Fouls: Allen, 5:07 third Defensive three second, 11:11 third.

FG FT Reb

OK C Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Durant 48:00 5-21 11-15 2-8 6 2 21

Ibaka 36:31 8-17 0-1 5-8 0 6 17

Perkins 16:54 1-4 0-0 1-3 0 3 2

Jackson 41:40 7-15 1-1 0-9 5 3 16

Sefolsha 19:22 2-5 0-0 3-4 2 1 5

Martin 30:27 3-6 4-4 0-2 1 0 10

Fisher 31:06 3-11 0-0 0-5 3 5 9

Collison 16:00 2-5 0-0 2-5 2 5 4

Totals 240:00 31-84 16-21 13-44 19 25 84

Percentages: FG .369, FT .762. 3-Point Goals: 6-25, .240 (Fisher 3-11, Ibaka 1-2, Sefolosha 1-2, Jackson 1-5, Martin 0-1, Durant 0-4). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 14 (22 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Ibaka 3, Durant 2, Collison). Turnovers: 14 (Durant 7, Perkins 3, Collison 2, Fisher, Ibaka). Steals: 3 (Fisher, Perkins, Sefolosha). Technical Fouls: None.

Memphis 18 32 14 24 — 88

Oklahoma City 23 15 24 22 — 84

Attendance • 18,203

Time • 2:43.

Officials • Dan Crawford, Marc Davis, Jason Phillips.