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May 14, 2013

Overtime loss puts Thunder in compromising 3-1 hole going back to OKC

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. —

This time, the Thunder were up by as much as 17 in the first half and 12 in the third. But Memphis used a 20-8 run in the third to get back into this game. They blew a chance to close out the win when Ibaka blocked a shot by Randolph just before the buzzer in regulation.

But Allen scored to open overtime, then Randolph rebounded a miss by Marc Gasol and scored on a putback. Derek Fisher, who missed his first four shots, finally hit a 3-pointer. But the 38-year-old veteran also had his inbound pass stolen by Allen with 21.1 seconds left and Memphis up 100-97.

Memphis bounced back and outscored Oklahoma City 44-30 in the paint even though the Grizzlies got outrebounded 44-41. The Grizzlies still had a 13-8 advantage on the offensive glass leading to a 21-10 edge in second-chance points.

But they had no fast-break points compared to 12 for the Thunder. Memphis also took better care of the ball with only seven turnovers compared to 15 by Oklahoma City that the Grizzlies turned into 18 points. Memphis did not have a single turnover in overtime.

while the Thunder had two, including the one by Fisher.

The Thunder spent most of the past two days talking about the need to make shots. They did just that to open the game, hitting three of their first five in scoring the first seven points and led 29-18 at the end of the first quarter for their biggest lead in this series. Ibaka found his shooting stroke after struggling through this series, and he had nine points in the first 12 minutes, including a 3-pointer, with seven rebounds.

Oklahoma City had its biggest lead on a corner 3 by Durant that gave Oklahoma City a 46-29 lead with 4:26 left.

Memphis showed signs of life finally and finished the half on a 19-10 run that trimmed the Thunder’s lead to 56-48 at halftime. Oklahoma City thought it had a double-digit lead when Ibaka beat the buzzer with a putback off a missed Durant 3. But officials reviewed the play and waved the bucket off.

Notes: The Grizzlies sold out their 15th straight postseason game. ... All three Grizzlies’ wins in the series have been by six points each. ... The Thunder now have lost three straight. They lost three straight only once during the regular season.

 

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