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Marc Gasol's tip-in lifts Grizzlies past OKC Thunder

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: March 21, 2013 at 12:07 am •  Published: March 20, 2013

Oklahoma City got a game-high 32 points from Durant, but he made just 11 of 28 shots. Westbrook scored 20 but netted just seven of 25 from the field. Their shooting woes, which were largely a result of suffocating defense from Tayshaun Prince and Tony Allen, led to the Thunder shooting a season-low 35.7 percent. The Thunder's All-Star duo was just 6-for-19 in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Before being bottled up in the final 19 minutes, Durant had scored 15 of the Thunder's 19 third-quarter points. All of them came in succession in the final six minutes of the period and helped the Thunder turn an eight-point deficit into a one-point game going into the final period of regulation.

Durant's 15th and final points of the period came on a short bank shot and gave OKC its first lead of the night at 57-56 with 29.6 seconds remaining in the quarter.

“Early on, I thought we did a pretty respectable job,” said Memphis coach Lionel Hollins. “But then down the stretch the guy just proved who he is. He came out of the phone booth and had his Superman cape on and carried them back to the lead.”

The Thunder wrestled away control in the final five minutes of regulation, going on an 8-1 run to take its largest lead of the night at 78-72 with 1:26 remaining in the fourth. But Memphis extended the game by fouling and, in turn, getting to the foul line three times in the final minute to set up Bayless' game-tying shot.

OKC took the lead first in overtime on a pair of foul shots by Thabo Sefolosha. Westbrook made a driving layup with 13.6 seconds remaining to give the Thunder an 89-88 lead. Randolph then posted up Nick Collison on the right block before turning and missing a contested jump shot.

That's when Gasol darted in for the dagger.

“I thought that Zach's shot was going to go in, but no,” Gasol said. “I just crashed the boards and got lucky.”

Wednesday's box score
by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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