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April 29, 2014

Thunder on the brink of elimination after Game 5 loss

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Westbrook hit a driving layup and was fouled with 4:31 left. Oklahoma City trailed by one until Memphis guard Mike Conley made back to back shots in the paint to push the Grizzlies advantage to five.

But once again, the Thunder came up with a four-point play when Caron Butler was fouled while draining a 3-pointer. It was the third such play of the series.

Memphis Center Gasol and Westbrook exchanged foul shots and Memphis led 89-88.

The Thunder had three straight trips that came up empty on the offensive end. That included Durant turning the ball over and missing a 3-pointer with 35 seconds on the clock. The miss was gather in by Allen and he was fouled. He made 1-of-2, but the Grizzlies got the rebound. Instead f fouling, the Thunder played defense and Westbrook came up with a steal on Conley and game-tying layup to send game into overtime.

"We are a team that is able to bounce back from adversity," Conley said. "We have a lot of tough players. For us to be able to come back, compete and stay focused in over time just says a lot about the resiliency of this team."

Game 6 is Thursday in Memphis. Durant had a simple message on what the Thunder must do to bring the game back to Oklahoma City for a Game 7

"We have to impose our will,"  Durant said. "We have to be locked in defensively."

 

Michael Kinney

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mkinney@normantranscript.com

 

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