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Oklahoma City Thunder: Those looking for another instant classic didn't get one

Monday's Game 4 required only one overtime and all it did was extend the Thunder's suffering with a 103-97 loss to give Memphis a 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven series.
BY JOHN ROHDE Modified: May 14, 2013 at 1:17 am •  Published: May 14, 2013

/articleid/3809719/1/pictures/2052947">Photo - Memphis' Zach Randolph (50) shoots against Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins (5) and Serge Ibaka (9) late in regulation during Game 4 of the second-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, May 13, 2013. Randolph was fouled by Perkins on the play. Memphis won 103-97 in overtime. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Memphis' Zach Randolph (50) shoots against Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins (5) and Serge Ibaka (9) late in regulation during Game 4 of the second-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, May 13, 2013. Randolph was fouled by Perkins on the play. Memphis won 103-97 in overtime. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

That's where the fun times ended for the Thunder, which once again struggled for points in the second half.

In the series, OKC has shot just 31.6 percent from the floor in the third quarter while being outscored 92-75.

The Thunder shot just 37.5 percent in the third and fourth quarters, and just 12.5 percent in overtime, going just 1 for 8 from the field with the only conversion being a Derek Fisher 3-pointer.

Kevin Durant went 0 for 5 from the field in the five-minute extra session to finish 10 for 27 from the floor.

OKC led by as many as 17 in the first half at 46-29, but the Grizzlies chipped away thanks to converted wide-open 3-pointers.

Memphis was shooting 31.3 percent on 3-pointers entering Game 4, but converted six of its first nine attempts (66.7 percent) to pull within 64-59 at the 6:48 mark of the third quarter.

The Grizzlies missed their last eight 3-point attempts, but the Thunder still was unable to overtake them.

After struggling all series, Ibaka finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots.

While the Thunder shut out Memphis 12-0 in fast-break points, the Grizzlies returned to dominating the paint, outscoring OKC 44-30.

Power forward Serge Ibaka, who has led the league in total blocks the last three seasons, was the only Thunder player to receive All-Defensive honors and was selected to the first team. Thabo Sefolosha finished four points shy of making second team. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant both received votes.


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