Apr 24, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) handles the ball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Game 6: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies


Apr 24, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Fans hold up rally towels during the game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies beat Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime 98 - 95. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 24, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Fans hold up rally towels during the game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies beat Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime 98 – 95. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies return home to the safe confines of FedEx Forum on Thursday night trying to close out the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Memphis blew a 20 point lead in game 5 late in the 3rd quarter in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night, but was able to escape with a 100-99 OT victory to take the 3-2 series lead.

The Grizzlies were leading 72-52 with just over 3:30 left in the 3rd quarter in Game 5 on Tuesday night, and saw Oklahoma City go on an 18-4 run to end the half. After the 3rd quarter ended, Memphis connected on only 3 field goals in the 4th quarter, but slowed the Thunder offense down just enough to force OT. OKC only led by one point in the game and that came after a Kevin Durant 3 pointer giving the Thunder a 79-78 lead in the 4th.

Memphis held Oklahoma City to under 40% shooting for the 4th consecutive game which was the longest streak the Thunder have endured this season. Russell Westbrook had a triple-double for the Thunder, but was 10-of-31 shooting, and Kevin Durant struggled again going 10-of-24.

An unlikely hero emerged for Memphis the other day and that was Mike Miller. Miller connected on five 3′s and was 6-of-11 from the floor finishing with 21 points.   He picked up the pace for Memphis in the 2nd half as Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph connected on only 2-of-14 shots.  Zach Randolph did return to form on Tuesday night scoring 20 points and hauling in 10 boards while connecting on 8-of-15 shots. Randolph continued to struggle at the line hitting only 4 of his 7 attempts.

A stat worth noting: The Grizzlies are 4-0 in game 6′s since the 2011 playoffs, and are 0-2 in game 7′s. Memphis will want to beat the Thunder tonight to avoid another letdown in the prior two game 7′s from 2011 and 2012. The Grizzlies are 17-15 in their prior 32 matchups with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

T.V: (National) T.N.T.  – 7 p.m. CST. (Local) – Fox Sports Tennessee

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