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.
THIS 'N THAT
*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.
*The Grizzlies lost Game 4 in triple overtime. In the post-merger era (1976-77), the other three teams to lose a triple-overtime playoff game went on to win the series – Boston over Chicago in 2009; Detroit over New Jersey in 2004; Chicago over Phoenix in 1993.
*The team that outscored the other in the paint won the first five games of the Thunder-Grizzlies series.
*Memphis shot less than 40 percent from the field in the previous three games. The Grizzlies did not shoot less than 40 percent from the field in consecutive games during the regular season, and the last time they shot less than 40 percent in three straight games was Feb. 11-26, 2005.
*Former Oklahoma State standout Tony Allen was named to the NBA All-Defensive second team, which also was the franchise's first selection.
Ninety minutes before tipoff Friday night, Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said he was making a change in his starting lineup for Game 6, but did not specify which player.
When told of the potential change roughly 15 minutes later, Thunder coach Scott Brooks shrugged and deadpanned, "Um, we're going to stay with Russell and Kevin. If he does (change the lineup), we'll play our way."
O.J. Mayo wound up replacing Sam Young in the starting lineup and finished with 16 points and four steals.
IBAKA AND RUSSELL?
Hall of Fame coach Hubie Brown said Thunder forward Serge Ibaka "has some of the same instincts" as former Boston Celtics great Bill Russell, long considered the best defender in history.
When informed of Brown's remark, Brooks raised both eyebrows.
Would Ibaka even know who Russell is?
"Hmmm, probably not," Brooks said.
Was Brown's remark too bold?
"That's a little aggressive," Brooks said, drawing laughter from reporters.