In a decisive game 5, the Memphis Grizzlies held off a 20-point rally from the Oklahoma City Thunder to defeat the Thunder 100-99 in overtime and take a 3-2 series lead.
Mike Miller was huge for the Grizzlies, scoring a team-high 21 points on five-of-eight shooting from beyond the arc. Zach Randolph had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Marc Gasol had 11 points and 15 rebounds and Mike Conley scored 17 points and dished out four assists.
Russell Westbrook notched a triple-double with 30 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, to lead the Thunder while Kevin Durant scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
With the Thunder trialing by two, Durant was fouled and hit the first free throw. Referee Joey Crawford then took the ball from Durant, causing a delay, and he missed the second. The Thunder got the ball back after a Miller miss. Serge Ibaka tipped in a Durant miss, but after review, the officials ruled that it came after the horn.
It was all Grizzlies in the early going, exploiting the Thunder’s defense for 55 first half points and a 12-point lead at the break. They pushed it to 20 in the second half and led 72-52 with 3:24 to play in the third quarter when the Thunder began to rally. They used a 13-0 run in which they scored three-points on four straight possessions (three three-pointers and a three-point play) to cut the lead to seven. At the 6:46 mark in the fourth quarter, the Thunder capped a 27-6 run with a Durant three that gave them a 79-78 lead. The Grizzlies answered with an 9-3 run to regain the lead. With the Thunder trailing by two, Westbrook picked Conley’s pocket and dunked to tie the game with four seconds to go. Zach Randolph hit a layup on the other end, but it came just after time expired.
Game 6 is from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee is Thursday night at 8:o0 pm EST and is on TNT.