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Game 7: Grizzlies at Thunder Recap

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Marc Gasol (24 points) and Mike Conley (20 points, nine assists) led the Grizzlies' effort, but Memphis fell to the Thunder 120-109 in Game 7, ending the season. Tony Allen scored 15 points and grabbed four rebounds and Courtney Lee recorded 16 points and three dimes. Beno Udrih added 12 points off the bench. Box Score.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder hit four of their first five shots and forced Memphis to take an early timeout...Gasol was 6-for-8 (13 points) in the 1st quarter.
  • Joerger waited until the last possible moment to release his starting lineup and he went small with Tony Allen at small forward and Mike Miller at power forward.
  • In the first quarter OKC was befuddled. Turning it over seven times and allowing Memphis to score 36 points on 54.5 percent shooting.
  • Durant was 7-for-12 overall and 3-for-3 on threes (21 points) in the first half and 5-for-6 (12 points) in the second half.
  • The Grizzlies shot 39.1 percent (9-for-23) in the second quarter...Gasol was 0-for-3 in the second quarter and 0-for-6 in the third...He was just 1-for-9 in the second half. Butler was 1-for-4 on threes in the second half.

Key Stat of the Night

After allowing the Grizzlies to score 36 points on 57.1 percent shooting in the first quarter, the Thunder held them to just 40.3 percent shooting the rest of the way.

Key Run of the Game

In the second quarter the Thunder outscored Memphis 34-22, turning a nine point deficit into a three point lead going into halftime. The Grizzlies shot 57.1 percent in that first quarter but just 39.1 percent in the second.

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Player Notes

  • Marc Gasol who had 24 points, but 13 of those came in the first quarter.
  • Point guard Mike Conley, playing with a strained right hamstring, scored 20 points while handing out nine assists.
  • Courtney Lee added 16 on 5-for-10 shooting.
  • The Grizzlies had to play without Zach Randolph, who was suspended.
  • Durant led all scorers with 33 points on 12-for-18 shooting, including 5-for-5 on 3-pointers.
  • Russell Westbrook became just the second player in NBA history to have two triple-doubles in a Game 7
  • Reggie Jackson had 16 points on 5-for-6 shooting.
  • Caron Butler, starting his second straight game in place of Thabo Sefolosha added 15
  • Serge Ibaka dropped in 12 on 6-for-8 shooting.
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Postgame Quotes

MEMPHIS HEAD COACH DAVID JOERGER 
Opening statement:
“Congratulations to Oklahoma City, they played a good series and had great performances tonight, as they did throughout the series. They made a lot of shots, my hats off to them. They have guys that can really score the basketball, that are well coached and tonight Russ and KD were just absolutely fantastic and once they got it flowing they shot 11-19 from three. It seemed like we made them take some tough shots and they made some tough shots. It’s hard to go on the road. I’m really proud of our team, not about just Game 7, or the series, but as far as the season goes for the things we have overcome, to come in on the West and to win 50 games. Back in December when we were 10-15 and then we were 15-19 and it just kept coming and coming. I didn’t think tonight was any different, we kept coming and coming. We played until the final horn and I couldn’t be prouder of our ball club. I wish Oklahoma City the best of luck going forward.” 

On Oklahoma City’s three-point shooting:
“They’re one of the elite teams in the league, they have great talent and they like playing. Durant came over one time and said, ‘This is fun, isn’t it?’ And this is fun, it’s good, high level competition and they have got great talent and we played our tails off and we just didn’t have enough.”

On Russell Westbrook:
“I have no idea why he takes the flack that he takes. This man can play; he is one of the most talented players in the league. It’s unfathomable, I don’t understand. He was aggressive without being out of control and so he was able to find some guys on the perimeter, hit them in the hands, and guys felt comfortable shooting those shots and made shots. The thing he doesn’t get credit for is he is a heck of a defender and he can get guys in boxes that are a little bit smaller than he is, or as good of an athlete as he is, and he really starts his defense for them with his pressure.”  

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES GUARD COURTNEY LEE
On the team’s effort:
“I think we gave a great effort for most of the game, but we had a lapse at the end of the second quarter and into that third quarter, which was crucial for us, but overall I think we came out and competed. I think you can see everybody trying to make the right plays for each other. It just didn’t work out.”

On the season ending and looking ahead:
“You fight for something so hard, you’ve got so much passion for it and everybody on the team has the same goal and we’re trying to reach that goal, but you hit a huge speed bump and it’s over with. The only thing we can do is learn from this, and next year if we got to go through OKC then we’ll have to go through them, but come back stronger.”

On playing for the Grizzlies since he was acquired mid-season:
“Since I’ve been here, it’s been nothing but fun. I was lucky that I came into a good group of guys who all want to win and they all work hard. The players, coaches, front office guys - they’re all on the same page. It’s been an unbelievable ride since I’ve been here.”

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES GUARD TONY ALLEN
On Mike Conley playing through injuries:
“I had no doubt in my mind that he was going to play. He’s a warrior. He’s been a warrior all year fighting through little silly injuries. He showed his heart today. I like the way he played.”

On the Thunder’s team effort:
“We understood that those guys [Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook] are going to be all-stars, but when those other guys like Caron [Butler] get going and [Reggie] Jackson and [Steven] Adams come in and be huge contributions to their team, it’s kind of difficult for us. They were aggressive again tonight. They did what they were supposed to. They took care of the series, and they closed us out at home. It was tough all series and I like the work from all my guys.”

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