Oklahoma City Outlasts Memphis in 3 OTs, Ties Series
The Oklahoma City Thunder regained the home-court advantage in their Western Conference semifinal duel with the Memphis Grizzlies after a hard-fought triple overtime victory in Game 4 in a match that started Monday night but did not finish until early Tuesday.
Kevin Durant scored six of his 35 points in the third OT to help the Thunder survive the relentless Grizzlies, 133-123. Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma with 40 points, including a two-point shot from 21 feet with 30 seconds remaining in the second extension that tied the game at 119-119. The Grizzlies had a chance to end the game in the second OT, but Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, who led Memphis with 34 and 26 points, respectively, could not buy a basket despite several attempts from close range.
Memphis came out flat in the final five-minutes, scoring only four points while going 1 for 9 from the field, to surrender the match and give the home-court edge back to OKC. Game 5 is on Wednesday in Oklahoma. The winner of this series will move on to face the Dallas Mavericks, who swept the two-time defending champions Los Angeles Lakers.