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Game 6: Grizzlies vs. Thunder recap 5/1/14

Despite Zach Randolph's 16 points and eight rebounds, the Grizzlies could not overcome the Thunder, falling 104-84 in Game 6. James Johnson (15 points) and Tony Allen (13 points, five rebounds) were strong off the bench. Marc Gasol scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. Box Score

Key Stat of the Night

Memphis shot just .373 (31-of-83 FG) in tonight’s game… The Grizzlies are now just 3-13 in franchise playoff history when shooting less than .400 from the field… Memphis has shot below .400 from the field in each of its three losses during the series.

Key Run of the Night

After a Mike Conley free throw cut Oklahoma City’s lead to five (40-35) with 4:08 to go in the second quarter, the Thunder closed the half on a 16-6 run to take a 15-point lead (56-41) into the break… The Thunder followed by scoring the first five points of the second half and eventually took a game-high tying 22-point lead with 5:47 left in the third quarter (71-49).

Game Notes

  • Memphis lost its first Game 6 in franchise playoff history tonight, falling to 4-1 all-time in Game 6s… The Grizzlies’ record in potential closeout games fell to 3-4.
  • Coupled with the Game 4 loss, Memphis has now lost back-to-back home games for the first time since falling to Chicago on Dec. 30 and San Antonio on Jan. 7… Prior to Game 4, the Grizzlies had won 15 consecutive home games dating back to the regular season.
  • The Thunder tallied 104 points in tonight’s game as the Grizzlies fell to 7-21 on the season when allowing its opponent to score at least 100 points.
  • After holding Oklahoma City to sub-.400 shooting in four consecutive games, Memphis allowed the Thunder to shoot .493 (37-of-75 FG) from the field in tonight’s game…The .493 mark from the field for Oklahoma City was its highest shooting percentage of the series.
  • Memphis forced Oklahoma City into committing 13 turnovers, but converted them into just 10 points while the Thunder turned 10 Grizzlies turnovers into 17 points.
  • The Grizzlies struggled at the line, connecting on just 19-of-28 FT (.679) while the Thunder hit 23-of-25 FT for a .920 percentage from the free-throw line.
  • The Thunder outrebounded Memphis by 11 (47-36) and have outrebound the Grizzlies in all six games of the series so far… The Grizzlies limited Oklahoma City to just eight offensive rebounds after the Thunder came in averaging 15.40 offensive boards through the first five games, but allowed Oklahoma City to haul in 39 defensive rebounds.
  • Oklahoma City found success in transition, outscoring Memphis 17-5 in fast break points during tonight’s game.

Player Notes

  • Kevin Durant posted a double-double with 36 points (11-of-23 FG) and 10 rebounds along with two assists, a steal and a block... Durant connected on 14-of-15 free-throws in tonight’s game… Durant tallied 14 points in the first quarter, and the Thunder improved to 5-0 in Durant’s career when he scores at least 14 points in the first quarter of a playoff game.
  • Russell Westbrook stuffed the stat sheet with 25 points (9-of-21 FG), nine rebounds, five assists and three steals.
  • Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies in scoring with 17 points (6-of-13 FG) to go with five rebounds and four assists while Zach Randolph chipped in 16 points (7-of-14 FG) and eight rebounds… The duo scored 16 of Memphis’ 17 first quarter points.
  • Reggie Jackson came off the bench for the Thunder to score 16 points (6-of-9 FG) while tallying five rebounds and two assists.
  • James Johnson posted 15 points and five rebounds, including four offensive boards, in just 18:14 minutes of action off the bench while Tony Allen had 13 points (5-of-9 FG), five rebounds and a steal.