Grizzlies Come Back, Beat Thunder In Overtime Thriller For 2-1 Series Lead

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Thunder Vs. Grizzlies Final Score, Game 3: Memphis Completes Great Comeback To Win In Overtime

At the end of the third quarter, the Memphis Grizzlies trailed the Oklahoma City Thunder by 13 points. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were both shooting the ball well, while Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins were dominating on the boards. At that point, it looked like it would take a miracle for Memphis to get back into the game. If a terrible OKC cold streak constitutes a miracle, that's exactly what they got, and the Grizzlies are now up 2-1 in their series after their Game 3 win by a final score of 101-93.

Oklahoma City managed just 10 points in the fourth quarter as Durant and Westbrook went absolutely ice cold. Early in the quarter, Mike Conley hit a couple of jump shots while Sam Young threw down a ridiculous dunk, igniting the crowd and turning momentum in their favor. Durant and Westbrook, who had 18 and 19 points respectably after three quarters, finished with just 22 and 23 points each as Conley and Tony Allen turned in great defensive performances.

When Perkins fouled out for the Thunder with over three minutes remaining in overtime, it was the beginning of the end of a game for a Thunder team that had looked lifeless and disorganized for all of the previous 14 minutes of play. From that point on, not only Randolph but also Marc Gasol took over inside, and Memphis were able to coast to the win. Now down 2-1, the Thunder will have to reorganize and pinpoint what went wrong before Game 4 on Monday night in Memphis.

Follow along with this StoryStream for updates. And for more on these teams, check out SB Nation's Grizzlies blog, Straight Outta Vancouver, and our Thunder blog,Welcome To Loud City.


Thunder Vs. Grizzlies Score, Game 3: Russell Westbrook's Great Third Quarter Has OKC In Control

Russell Westbrook is on fire at the moment, and his 13 third quarter points have the Oklahoma City Thunder leading comfortably by a score of 76-63 over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Westbrook leads all scorers with 19 points, and his 10 assists and five rebounds are both equally impressive. Kevin Durant is also playing well, and he has an efficient 18 points on 8-14 shooting. The Thunder had a bit of a scare halfway through the quarter when Serge Ibaka appeared to re-injure his left ankle, but he has since re-entered the game. Along with Kendrick Perkins, he's been a big part of the Thunder's lead.

Zach Randolph is having a solid game, but his frontcourt mates aren't helping him out much, as OKC is winning the battle on the boards without much of a problem. Mike Conley has been slightly disappointing thus far with eight points and four assists, but O.J. Mayo's 13 point performance has been encouraging. In any event, it's going to take a seriously great team effort for Memphis to get back into the game in the fourth quarter.

Follow along with this StoryStream for updates. And for more on these teams, check out SB Nation's Grizzlies blog, Straight Outta Vancouver, and our Thunder blog,Welcome To Loud City.


Thunder Vs. Grizzlies Score Update, Game 3: OKC Leads At Halftime

The Oklahoma City Thunder's starting five have been fantastic defensively so far, and as a result, they lead the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 by a score of 51-43 at halftime, despite shooting only 45 percent from the floor. Zach Randolph and Serge Ibaka are involved in an entertaining duel, as both have managed double figure scoring and both are on pace for a double-double.

Kevin Durant has been somewhat quiet, but certainly solid and mistake-free, shooting 5-9 for 12 points. Russell Westbrook is unsurprisingly playing the role of distributor, and he has eight assists. O.J. Mayo scored eight points and was a +9 in net points, seriously lifting the Grizzlies with his play off the bench, but they seriously needed his contribution. Despite Randolph's 10 points and seven rebounds, Memphis is struggling to establish their game down low, and they would likely be in a much deeper hole without Mayo's contribution.

For more on this game, Thunder fans should head over to Welcome To Loud City, while Grizzlies fans should check out Straight Outta Vancouver.


Thunder Vs. Grizzlies Score: Kevin Durant, O.J. Mayo Off To Hot Starts

On Saturday afternoon, Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals is underway. After a lively first quarter, the underdog Memphis Grizzlies lead the Oklahoma City Thunder by a 22-20 score.

O.J. Mayo has come off the bench to lead his Grizzlies with eight points thus far, having drawn a couple of fouls and made all four of his free throw opportunities. For the Thunder, Kevin Durant leads with nine points. Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka has come up big defensively, having already recorded three blocks. The Grizzlies trailed 15-10 before storming back in the final two minutes of the first quarter.

The series is tied at one game apiece. The Grizzlies are trying to reach the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history; meanwhile, the Thunder haven't reached the conference finals since 1996, when they reached the NBA Finals as the Seattle SuperSonics.

Follow along with this StoryStream for updates. And for more on these teams, check out SB Nation's Grizzlies blog, Straight Outta Vancouver, and our Thunder blog, Welcome To Loud City.


Thunder Vs. Grizzlies, Game 3: Russell Westbrook, OKC Try To Do It Again

The Oklahoma City Thunder had wonderful success in stopping Memphis Grizzlies bully Zach Randolph in Game 2 of the teams' NBA Playoffs series. Z-Bo was unstoppable in Game 1, but couldn't get many clean looks in Game 2 on his way to a disappointing (and fatal, for the Grizz) 2-13 shooting night. The adjustments that the Thunder made may not hold -- Randolph is an excellent scorer who has too many moves to get held down for long -- but they certainly worked on Tuesday.

On the other end, Russell Westbrook was in full control of his own body and his team. The third-year point guard scored 24 and toned down his aggressiveness to give co-star (and scoring champ) Kevin Durant some space; KD finished with 26 on 8-18 shooting and 10 free throws. The Thunder's offense rises and falls with Westbrook; when he's right, the team is almost unstoppable. When he's not? Flaws can be exposed.

For Memphis, it all comes down to Randolph succeeding and the other four players on the court with him filling gaps. That means Marc Gasol needs to stop Serge Ibaka in the paint and put pressure on Kendrick Perkins and Ibaka on the other end. It means Mike Conley's decision-making in the pick-and-roll -- quite good in Game 2, but inconsistent -- must be passable.

The teams tip off at 5 p.m. ET. Be sure to check out our Thunder vs. Grizzlies hub for full series coverage. For more on the Thunder, visit Welcome To Loud City. For more on the Grizzlies, visit Straight Outta Vancouver.

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