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Thunder notebook: Second half tells the tale

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Modified: May 14, 2011 at 12:33 am •  Published: May 14, 2011

The Memphis Grizzlies posted a 95-83 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night in a game that wasn't half-bad for both teams.

*OKC scored 54 points in the first half and 29 in the second.

*The Thunder shot 55.6 percent from the field in the first half and the Grizzlies 38.3 percent.

*Memphis shot 50.0 percent in the second half, and OKC shot 28.9 percent.

*Thunder reserve guard James Harden shot 4 for 4 in the first half and 1 for 6 in the second half.

*Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph had 10 points in the first half and doubled up in the second half to finish with a game-high 30 points.

*The Thunder shot 4 for 13 from 3-point range in the first half and 0 for 12 after intermission.


*Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are on the latest cover of Dime Magazine.

*NBA commissioner David Stern was in attendance Friday, marking the first time all season he has attended a Thunder game.

*Reverend Al Green sang the national anthem.

*Harden made his first 25 free throws in the series before missing his second attempt on Friday. He also has taken three charges in the last two games.

*Thunder reserve guard Daequan Cook, who was 6 for 7 from the field and had 18 points in 18 minutes in Game 5, missed all three of his attempts in Game 6 (all on 3-pointers).

*With 2:19 left in the first quarter, Westbrook made a layup, but was called for traveling. The scoreboard showed the basket counted until a correction was made with 8:24 left in the second quarter, and the score was adjusted from 30-29 to 30-27.

*With seven playoff victories, Memphis now has the most wins by a No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

*According to the Elias Sports Bureau, teams that lead a best-of-7 series 3-2 win 85.2 percent of the time. That percentage will dip if the Thunder loses Game 7 at home Sunday.

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