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Thunder notebook: ‘White out' Wednesday for OKC

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: May 12, 2011


For the first time in the playoffs, a white T-shirt and white towel were left on each seat inside Oklahoma City Arena for a Thunder playoff game. Wednesday night's "White Out" came compliments of Riverwind Casino. All previous T-shirts were various shades of blue. As usual, Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant wore a T-shirt while on the bench.

-- Considered one of the league's most physical teams, Memphis was whistled for just four fouls in the first 21:02 of Game 5 compared to 10 fouls for the Thunder. In the final five seconds of the second quarter, however, the Grizzlies were called for two fouls in a span of 1.7 seconds.

Memphis had 19 fouls on the night and OKC had 26.

-- OKC started the contest 1 for 6 from the field, but converted 19 of its final next 34 attempts (.559) to shoot 50.0 percent in the first half and lead 46-35. The Thunder wound up shooting 47.4 percent and the Grizzlies 35.9 percent.

— Late in the first half, James Harden took his ninth charge of the season. That is second on the Thunder to Nick Collison's 53.

— The Thunder had nine turnovers in the first quarter, just two in the second and finished with 18.


It would be ludicrous to compare Game 4 to Game 5 between the Thunder and Grizzlies because nothing compares to the triple-overtime marathon played Monday night in FedExForum, which OKC managed to win 133-123.

That being said, some Game 4 vs. Game 5 numbers:

— In Game 4, Memphis had 24 offensive rebounds. In Game 5, the Grizzlies had eight.

— In Game 4, OKC had 54 rebounds in 63 minutes. In Game 5, the Thunder had 50 rebounds in 48 minutes.

— In Game 4, Memphis went an astounding 37 for 40 (.925) from the free-throw line, which included Zach Randolph going 16 for 17. In Game 5, the Grizzlies shot 14 for 23 (.609) from the line, which included Randolph going 3 for 7 (.429).

— In Game 4, Memphis got off 111 shots. In Game 5, the Grizzlies had 78 field-goal attempts.

— In Game 4, Randolph had 34 points and 16 rebounds in 56 minutes. In Game 5, he had nine points and seven rebounds in 36 minutes.

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