Forty eight minutes were not enough in Memphis – again. This time however, despite two miraculous three-pointers, one from Grievis Vasquez and one from Mike Conley, the Grizzlies were unable to close out the game as the Thunder outlasted the Grizzlies in the third overtime.
After the Grizzlies relinquished an early lead that was as big as 18 points, the Thunder stormed back late in the second quarter and earned their own 10-point lead late in the fourth. Improbably, the Grizzlies rallied and Conley set up the first extra period with a miracle three at the close of the fourth.
The first overtime featured another big Thunder lead, but the Grizzlies made yet another improbable comeback and tied the game at the end of that period with a miracle shot from Greivis Vasquez. Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo both fouled out.
The second overtime saw the Grizzlies finally retake the lead, but also show major signs of fatigue. The Thunder’s Russell Westbrook was able to force another tie and the game went to the final period.
In the last overtime the Grizzlies were just exhausted. Vasquez and the Grizzlies bench fought valiantly, but it wasn’t enough.
The game lasted more than four hours, going from 8:30 pm to 12:40 am local Memphis time. The series is now tied 2-2 as both teams head to Oklahoma City for Game 5 on Wednesday.
Photo by Chase Gustafson.