There will be basketball played in Oklahoma City this Sunday as the Memphis Grizzlies stayed alive Friday night by shutting down the Oklahoma City Thunder for the last 24 minutes and came back to win game six by a final score of 95-83. Zach Randolph was not ready for the Grizzlies “Cinderella Post Season” to come to an end and carried his team to victory racking up a double-double with a game high 30 points. The Thunder held a double-digit lead as the contest reached the half but their offense came to a screeching halt in the second half. Russell Westbrook scored 27 points in the loss however Kevin Durant would be held to just 11 points for the night.
Randolph tipped in a shot with 2:40 remaining in the first giving Memphis a 23-17 advantage. However those would be the last points the Grizzlies scored in the first and the Thunder would trail by just two points at the end of the period with the score 23-21. The two teams traded the lead back and forth early in the second but Oklahoma City would go on a 22-9 run during the last five and a half minutes of the period and would head into the locker room at the half on top 54-44.
The Grizzlies opened the third out scoring their opponents 15-5 and would tie the score at 59-59 with 5:18 left in the period as Randolph hit an eight foot shot. Mike Conley knocked down a pair at the charity stripe with 34 seconds remaining and Memphis would have the edge at 72-68 at the end of the quarter. That is when Randolph took his game to another level scoring 12 points in the fourth while the Thunder scored just 15 points in the period. The Grizzlies won the game with ease forcing a game seven.
Randolph had 30 points, 13 boards and 2 blocks while O.J. Mayo added 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists. Conley recorded a double-double with 11 points, 12 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals while Tony Allen scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and had 1 steal.
Westbrook knocked down 27 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals for the contest. James Harden came off the bench with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists while Durant had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in the loss. The two teams will meet Sunday afternoon which club will head to the Western Conference Finals and which squad will see its season come to a close.