The Memphis Grizzlies’ amazing run through the playoffs isn’t over yet. On the back of a dominant 30 point 13 rebound performance from Zach Randolph, the Grizzlies pounded out a win at The Grindhouse in a more traditional Grizzly fashion – through determination and toughness.
O.J. Mayo started the game in place of Sam Young, a move the Grizzlies hoped would open more space underneath for their big men Randolph and Marc Gasol. It worked and led to Randolph’s dominant performance.
As has been the status quo in this series, the team that had control in the first half was not the team that won. The game was tied at the end of the first quarter, and Oklahoma City exploded in the second quarter to take a 10-point lead into the locker room at the half.
But the Grizzlies, like they have so many times this season, just would not go down. Randolph, Allen, Conley and Mayo sparked a third quarter in which the Grizzlies outscored the Thunder 28-14, finishing the period ahead by two points.
In the fourth the Grizz rolled and The Grindhouse rocked. Randolph became an unstoppable juggernaut underneath, at one point scoring six straight points as the Grizz extended their lead.
Tonight’s Grizzlies win ties the series 3-3. The first Game 7 in franchise history will be played Sunday night in Oklahoma City. The winner advances to face the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals.
Photo by Chase Gustafson.