The Memphis Grizzlies escaped with a 100-99 overtime victory in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Tuesday night to take a 3-2 series lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Down one point with 2.9 seconds remaining in overtime, Kevin Durant hoisted a long three-point attempt that missed, but Serge Ibaka collected the errant shot and hoisted the ball through the rim as time expired. However, after review, it was deemed that the ball was still in Ibaka's hands when the final horn sounded.
In the loss, Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double consisting of 30 points (10-of-31 shooting, 1-of-7 from three), 13 assists and 10 rebounds while Durant managed 26 points and eight rebounds while shooting 10-of-24 from the field.
After the Grizzlies dominated the first half to the tune of a 55-43 scoring edge, Oklahoma City stormed back thanks to a 22-4 run that spanned portions of the third and fourth quarters.
But with a chance to ice things in regulation, the Grizzlies ran an isolation with Mike Conley that yielded a turnover and ultimately a Russell Westbrook transition dunk with just under five seconds remaining to tie things up at 90.
Game 5 marked the series' fourth overtime contest and is the first series in playoff history in which there have been four straight overtime games, according to NBA.com.
Mike Miller led the Grizzlies with a team-high 21 points (6-of-11 shooting, 5-of-8 from three) off the bench while Zach Randolph chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Despite a shaky offensive showing, Marc Gasol contributed a complete line of 11 points, 15 rebounds and four assists in the win.
The two sides will clash again Thursday, when the Grizzlies will have a chance to close the Thunder out. You can catch all the action at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.
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