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Oklahoma City Thunder: Grizzlies hold on, eliminate OKC with 4-1 series win

Kevin Durant's 16-foot shot in the final seconds was off the mark and the Grizzlies held on for an 88-84 win in front of 18,203 at Chesapeake Energy Arena to take the series 4-1.
by Ryan Aber Modified: May 16, 2013 at 12:57 am •  Published: May 16, 2013

“Even when he was open he was missing shots that he normally makes,” Hollins said.

The Thunder struggled after losing All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook to injury in Game 2 of the first-round series against Houston.

After grinding its way through that series, the Thunder played Memphis close but lost four consecutive games to end the season in the second round a year after advancing to the NBA Finals.

“I have peace going through this run,” Durant said. “We really had to come together. We've really seen us grow as a group. The only way it would be frustrating is if we came in with an attitude because Russ was out and we didn't do that.”

The Thunder built a lead early, then saw it slip away with a 15-point second quarter.

Memphis led by as many as 14 in the third quarter before a wild play gave the Thunder a push.

A T-shirt thrown by Tony Allen seemed to breathe life into the Thunder midway through the third quarter but the boost was short-lived.

Allen was called for unsportsmanlike conduct from the bench after the shirt escaped his hand and landed at Derek Fisher's feet while Fisher missed a 3-pointer with about five minutes to go in the third.

Fisher was awarded the 3-pointer, and Durant hit the technical free throw to pull the Thunder within seven and fuel a streak that put the Thunder within two entering the third.

But the Thunder hit just 1 of 8 shots to start the fourth and Memphis stretched the lead back to double digits by the midpoint of the fourth before the Thunder made their final push.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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