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Grizzlies edge Thunder to reach 1st West final

Posted: May 15, 2013 9:28 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2013 9:28 p.m.

Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and forward Quincy Pondexter react against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 88-84 on Wednesday night.

Zach Randolph had 28 points and 14 rebounds, Mike Conley added 13 points and 11 assists for Memphis, the fifth seed.

Kevin Durant missed a 16-foot jumper from the left wing to tie it with 6 seconds left, finishing off a miserable shooting night for the three-time NBA scoring champion.

Durant ended up with 21 points on 5-for-21 shooting, the third-worst performance of his playoff career. The Thunder, who made it to the NBA Finals last season, were eliminated in five games. The top seed in the West went 2-6 after All-Star Russell Westbrook guard went out with a knee injury that required surgery.

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