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NBA playoffs: Grizzlies blow big lead, but hold on to beat Thunder in overtime
First Published Apr 24 2014 09:42 pm • Last Updated Apr 24 2014 11:27 pm

Memphis, Tenn. • Mike Conley scored five of his 20 points in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-95 Thursday night in taking a 2-1 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.

The Grizzlies won their second straight overtime game after blowing a fourth-quarter lead. This time, they led by 17 before going cold for most of the final 7:43 of regulation. Courtney Lee clinched the win, hitting three of four free throws in the final 10.9 seconds of OT.

At a glance

Memphis 98, OKC 95 (OT)

Okla. City 18 18 25 24 10 — 95

Memphis 24 20 27 14 13 — 98

OKLAHOMA CITY (95)

Durant 10-27 10-13 30, Ibaka 6-10 0-0 12, Perkins 3-3 1-2 7, Westbrook 9-26 8-12 30, Sefolosha 2-3 3-3 7, Collison 1-1 0-0 2, Jackson 2-9 0-0 4, Butler 0-5 0-0 0, Fisher 1-3 0-0 3, Jones 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals 34-87 22-30 95.

MEMPHIS (98)

Prince 2-5 0-0 4, Randolph 5-20 6-7 16, Gasol 7-14 0-0 14, Conley 8-14 2-2 20, Lee 3-9 3-4 10, Koufos 3-6 0-0 6, Allen 8-15 0-0 16, Miller 0-3 0-0 0, Udrih 5-6 1-2 12, Davis 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals 41-92 12-15 98.

3-Point Goals—Oklahoma City 5-28 (Westbrook 4-13, Fisher 1-1, Sefolosha 0-1, Jackson 0-2, Butler 0-3, Durant 0-8), Memphis 4-16 (Conley 2-5, Udrih 1-2, Lee 1-2, Randolph 0-1, Prince 0-1, Miller 0-2, Allen 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Oklahoma City 59 (Westbrook 13), Memphis 56 (Randolph 10). Assists—Oklahoma City 13 (Durant, Jackson 3), Memphis 21 (Randolph 6). Total Fouls—Oklahoma City 23, Memphis 21. A—18,119 (18,119).

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Game 4 is Saturday night in Memphis.

NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 30 for the Thunder who even got another four-point play in the final minute to force overtime. This time, it was Westbrook’s turn with 26.6 seconds left.

But Durant missed all eight 3-point attempts and was 10 of 27. Westbrook was 9 of 26. The Thunder hit only 3 of 12 overall in overtime.

Zach Randolph scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds for Memphis, which now has won 15 straight at home.

Tony Allen, who scored 16 points for Memphis, gave the Thunder one final chance at an improbable play to keep the game alive. After Lee split his free throws with 1.7 seconds left, Westbrook was racing up the right sideline trying to get a shot off before the buzzer.

Allen tripped Westbrook, sending him to the line for three attempts. Westbrook hit the first, missed the second and then clanked the third off the rim on purpose. But Ed Davis tipped away the ball to seal the win for Memphis.

Marc Gasol scored 14 points for Memphis. Beno Udrih added 12 points, and Lee finished with 10.




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