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OKC Thunder: Memphis wins in another OT, takes 3-2 series lead

Are your nerves shot, Thunder fans?
by Jenni Carlson Published: April 29, 2014

/articleid/4744509/1/pictures/2506321">Photo - Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) and Memphis' Mike Conley (11) fight for a ball 
during Game 5 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) and Memphis' Mike Conley (11) fight for a ball during Game 5 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

The Thunder run continued in the fourth quarter, and when all was said and done, OKC had outscored Memphis 27-6 and taken a 79-78 lead with a little under seven minutes left in regulation. From that point on, neither team led by more than two possessions.

And Memphis looked ready to salt the game away leading by two with only 10 seconds left, but Russell Westbrook picked the pocket of Grizzlies point guard Mike Miller and drove the length of the court for an uncontested dunk.

Tie game.

A last-second shot by the Grizzlies didn’t get off in time, and the game went to overtime.

Of course.

And the drama wasn’t over. Trailing by one point with 2.9 seconds left, struggling Thunder superstar Kevin Durant shot a three that bounded off the rim and ended up in the hands of Serge Ibaka. He tipped it toward the basket, and it fell through as the buzzer sounded. The Peake erupted as Ibaka’s teammates mobbed him.

But an official review determined that the ball was still on Ibaka’s fingertips when time expired.

No basket.

Game 6 will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in Memphis.

If only it started at noon.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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