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Grizzlies top Thunder, lead series 2-1

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies won their second straight overtime game, 98-95, over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night at FedExForum to go up 2-1 in their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

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Point guard Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 20 points and power forward Zach Randolph recorded 16 points, 10 rebounds and a team-high six assists.

Guard Tony Allen scored 16 off the bench, with nine rebounds and three assists. Center Marc Gasol had 14 points and eight rebounds and backup point guard Beno Udrih scored 12 points in 14 minutes. Mitchell native Mike Miller was held scoreless and had three rebounds for Memphis.

Thunder forward Kevin Durant scored 30 points and added nine rebounds and five blocks. Guard Russell Westbrook finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds.

The Thunder trailed by 17 points with fewer than eight minutes to play in regulation. They then went on a 17-0 run, tying the game 81-81 with 57 seconds to play on Westbrook’s 3-pointer.

Memphis went up 85-81 when Allen picked Westbrook’s pocket and went in for a layup with 33 seconds to play.

But the game went into overtime on a four-point play by Westbrook, who was fouled by Allen while sinking a 3-pointer and hit the free throw to make it 85-85.

Conley missed a driving layup on one end and Durant’s 3-pointer missed on the other to set up overtime.

Conley sparked the Grizzlies in overtime, scoring five straight points on a 3-pointer and layup to give Memphis a 92-88 lead.

Guard Courtney Lee held off the Thunder by hitting three foul shots in the final 10 seconds.

The Thunder shot twice as many free throws — 30 to 15 — but Memphis finished with a 62-48 edge on points in the paint.

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