The Memphis Grizzlies head in to Oklahoma City Wednesday Night with Western Conference Quarterfinals tied at 2-2. Memphis held a 5 point lead 80-75 with :52 seconds remaining in game 4, but blew another 4th quarter lead and this one bit them in the rear.
After blowing a 5 point lead in game 2, and a 17 point lead in game 3, The Grizzlies were able to get past Oklahoma City in OT. The third time isn’t always a charm, and Memphis let one get away they would’ve loved to have. Oklahoma City regained home court advantage in the best of 7 series.
Oklahoma City had an unlikely hero in Reggie Jackson in game 4 who scored 32 points off the bench on 11-of-16 shooting. Jackson scored the final 5 points of regulation to tie the game at 80. It was an off night from Kevin Durant (5-of-21) and Russell Westbrook (6-of-24). Jackson picked up the load for the lack of scoring from the dynamic duo, and evened the series at 2-2.
Marc Gasol was outstanding for the Grizzlies starting off the game 4-of-5 the other night. Gasol finished 10-of-21 from the field with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The Grizzlies bench was non-existent scoring 16 points outside of Tony Allen who took the bulk of the minutes for Tayshaun Prince once again. Allen finished with 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting.
Since the 2010-2011 season, Memphis is 16-15 against Oklahoma City. The Grizzlies will wear their Beale Street Blue uniform’s tonight like they did in game 2. Game time tonight is set for 8 p.m. CST. Game 6 will be in Memphis on Thursday Night, but no game time has been announced yet.
T.V: (National) – NBA TV, (Local) – Fox Sports Tennessee
Radio: 92.9 ESPN in Memphis