The Memphis Grizzlies knocked off the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-99 in a decisive game 5 on Tuesday night.
The Grizzlies, who also won games 2 and 3, have now regained home court advantage and will head home to the FedEx Forum in Memphis on Thursday night with a chance to close the series out.
The Grizzlies built a 20-point lead in the second half, but the Thunder quickly rallied. Down 72-52, they scored three points on four straight possessions (Caron Butler drilled a three, Kevin Durant connected from beyond the arc, Serge Ibaka completed a three-point play and Butler knocked down another three) to cut the lead back to single digits. The Thunder wound up going on a 27-6 run to take the lead.
The game eventually went to overtime. With the Grizzlies leading 100-98, Durant drew a foul with 27 seconds to go. He hit the first free throw, then a screaming Joey Crawford came up and grabbed the ball from his hands. He went to check on something at the scorer’s table and when Durant got the ball back, he missed the second free throw.
JOEY CRAWFORD!!!! https://t.co/DbBQijRsPX
— Andrew Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) April 30, 2014
Durant’s last second three missed and Serge Ibaka’s tip-in came after the horn.