Grizzlies silence ThunderJan 5, 2011 - 6:29 AM Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Zach Randolph scored 31 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead Memphis past Oklahoma City, 110-105, at FedEx Forum.
Rudy Gay provided 27 points, while Tony Allen, filling in for O.J. Mayo who was sidelined by bronchitis, supplied a season-best 19 points for the Grizzlies, who have won two straight and four of their last six.
"We're getting back to the way we can play," Randolph said. "It's the time to start winning games and get to where we should be."
Kevin Durant poured in 28 points and grabbed nine boards and Russell Westbrook contributed 28 points and seven assists for the Thunder, who have lost two in a row.
"We played hard all the way through," Durant said. "I made some bad mistakes in the fourth quarter and we loss... We still put ourselves in position to win, but you have to give them credit."
The Grizzlies led by 10 twice in the first seven minutes of the contest before a James Harden three-pointer knotted the score at 23 with 1 1/2 minutes to go in the opening quarter.
Trailing 31-27 entering the second quarter, the Thunder opened the stanza with a 13-4 burst that Harden capped with another triple to forge a 40-35 advantage with 8:40 left before the break.
The visitors maintained the lead for most of the rest of the quarter until dunks by Darrell Arthur and Gay sandwiched a Sam Young jumper in the final 42 seconds to create a 55-55 deadlock at the intermission.
A Durant trifecta put the visitors ahead 67-62 inside of eight minutes to go in the third quarter before the Grizzlies scored the next eight points to regain the lead. Memphis led 79-77 heading into the fourth quarter.
The teams were not separated by more than six points heading into the final two minutes.
Gay's driving dunk gave the hosts a 101-97 lead before Durant buried a jumper to make it a two-point game with 1:45 remaining.
Allen drained a triple to push the margin to five, but Durant answered again with a jumper to cut the deficit to 104-101 with exactly one minute to play.
Randolph and Durant exchanged two free throws before Marc Gasol missed a pair from the line. Westbrook's layup made it 106-105 with 16 ticks to go.
Allen sank a pair at the line to push the lead to three before Durant misfired on a hurried, deep three-point try with 12.8 seconds left. Randolph then sewed up the win with two foul shots.
Randolph knocked 11-of-20 shots from the floor and 9-of-10 at the foul line...Gay made 12-of-18 shots for the Grizzlies, who connected on 51.2 percent...Mike Conley supplied nine points and nine assists in the victory while Gasol ended with 10 points and 10 boards...Durant connected on 11-of-24 shots...Oklahoma City had only three offensive rebounds, matching the fewest the Grizzlies have allowed in a game in franchise history.
- OKLAHOMA CITY: 105
Jan 4 10:29 PM
- OKLAHOMA CITY: 77
End of 3rd
Jan 4 9:50 PM
- OKLAHOMA CITY: 55
Jan 4 9:04 PM
- OKLAHOMA CITY: 27
End of 1st
Jan 4 8:35 PM
- OKLAHOMA CITY: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Jan 4 8:12 PM
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