Grizzlies return home eager to finish off Thunder

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 30, 2014 at 4:05 pm •  Published: April 30, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Miller has a sobering story for his Grizzlies' teammates to keep them from celebrating prematurely now that Memphis has a chance to eliminate Oklahoma City.

While with Miami, the Heat trailed the Celtics 3-2 in 2012 going into Boston — but rallied to win the game and the series.

Miller said Wednesday his message is simple: This Western Conference series is far from over. Memphis hosts Game 6 on Thursday night.

"Still a race to four," Miller said. "We like where we are, but we have a lot of stuff we have to accomplish yet."

The Grizzlies grabbed a 3-2 lead in this first-round series pulling out a 100-99 overtime win Tuesday night in Oklahoma City when Serge Ibaka couldn't shoot off a rebound before time expired. Now Memphis can become only the second No. 7 seed in the NBA to take down a No. 2 seed in a best-of-seven series, joining the Spurs who beat Dallas in 2010.

That would be only the latest highlight in a drama-filled series featuring a record four consecutive overtime games. The Grizzlies have blown leads in each game that went to overtime before winning three, and they also have given up a late four-point play in three games to three different players.

"I'm getting tired of it," Grizzlies guard Tony Allen said of all the extra work. "Hopefully, we do the things we need to do to try to avoid that, and that's taking care of the ball down the stretch."

The Thunder are on the brink of being eliminated in the first round for the first time since 2010 when a young Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook lost to the Lakers. Now Oklahoma City had the NBA's second-best record in the regular season and Durant and Westbrook both are All-Stars, yet both struggling to shoot against Memphis.