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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Gasol scores 20 points as Grizzlies beat Thunder 87-81

Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Oklahoma City Thunders by a score of 87-81 of their Western Conference semifinals clash. With the victory, the Grizzlies take the series lead at 2-1.

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 25 points and added 11 rebounds and five assists, while Reggie Jackson posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Serge Ibaka tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds, but did so while shooting 6-of-17 from the field.

On the opposite end, Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 20 points to go with nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Tony Allen scored 14 points, while Mike Conley continued his rise to stardom with 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

In the end, Durant's missed free throws and Memphis' surprisingly unstoppable fourth-quarter offense decided the defensive slugfest.

The action started early, as Memphis' high-low attack created a 22-18 lead at the end of the first quarter. All five starters got on the board, with Gasol and Zach Randolph leading the charge inside. As Allen poured in some surprising offense and Ibaka continued to struggle offensively, Memphis was in control.

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