OKLAHOMA CITY – Zach Randolph scored 25 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-105 in overtime Monday night and even their first-round, best-of-seven Western Conference series at one game apiece.
Mike Conley added 19 points and 12 assists for the Grizzlies.
Kevin Durant had 36 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook scored 29 points for Oklahoma City, but made a mere 11 of 28 shots.
“We missed some shots that we could make,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “Give them some credit. They did a good job of putting their hands on us and we didn’t free ourselves up enough. I thought in the second half, our defense and offense gave us a chance. Unfortunately, we didn’t make a couple of key plays down the stretch.”
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Randolph’s layup with 26 seconds left in overtime put the Grizzlies up by two points.
Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka traveled, giving the ball back to the Grizzlies. Courtney Lee made two free throws for Memphis to make it a four-point game. Durant missed a three-point attempt and Randolph made two free throws with nine seconds left to put the game out of reach.
Game 3 is Thursday in Memphis.
The Thunder trailed by nine points early in the fourth quarter, but it finally took the lead when Thabo Sefolosha stole the ball from Randolph, leading to a dunk by Durant with 1:14 remaining.
Tony Allen stole the ball from Durant, and Conley made two free throws with 18.1 seconds left to give Memphis a five-point lead.
Durant answered with a miraculous four-point play with 13.8 seconds remaining. The former Sonic made a three-pointer from the corner as he was being pushed out of bounds by Marc Gasol. Durant converted the free throw to make it a one-point game.
Westbrook missed a wild three in the closing seconds, but Kendrick Perkins, who hadn’t made a field goal all game, scored on a putback as time expired.
Clippers rout Warriors
LOS ANGELES – Blake Griffin scored a career playoff-high 35 points without a foul and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in routing the Golden State Warriors 138-98 to even their first-round West series at a game apiece.
The Clippers finished with a franchise record for points in a playoff game.
Golden State’s Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 24 points in the third quarter.