Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Rudy Gay poured in 28 points and Zach
Randolph continued his string of double-double performances as the Memphis
Grizzlies came through with an impressive 107-97 victory over the Oklahoma
City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Randolph racked up 20 and 11 rebounds before being ejected with 2:05 left to
record his seventh consecutive double-double to begin the season. More
importantly, the Grizzlies registered their sixth straight win since opening
the 2012-13 campaign with a road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Memphis overcame a 10-point deficit after one quarter and a 34-point outburst
by reigning NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant to halt a five-game win streak
by the defending Western Conference title-holders.
Durant knocked down 12-of-21 shots and added 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City,
with Russell Westbrook amassing 17 points and 13 assists in defeat and Serge
Ibaka posting 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting on the night.
The Grizzlies trailed 30-20 after one period before beginning the second with
an 11-2 run sparked by five points from reserve Quincy Pondexter, then later
outscored the Thunder by a 15-4 count over the final four minutes of the
opening half to open up an 11-point lead at halftime.
Pondexter ignited that surge as well by burying a 3-pointer that snapped a
41-41 tie with 3:45 remaining in the second quarter, and Memphis closed out
the quarter on a 10-0 run to account for the 56-45 advantage.
Mike Conley's layup off a Thunder turnover with 32 seconds left in the half
pushed the margin to nine points, and the point guard fed Marc Gasol for a
short jumper at the buzzer later on to give Memphis a double-digit cushion at
"The second quarter when we were outscored by 21 points was tough to
overcome," Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said. "We have to come back and
figure out ways to improve."
The Grizzlies extended the lead to 65-49 less than three minutes into the
third quarter. However, Oklahoma City would climb back into it before the
session would end.
Down 73-59 with five minutes left in the third, the Thunder embarked on a 10-2
flurry capped by a Westbrook trey to pull to within six points, though that
would turn out to be as close as Oklahoma City would get.
Gay netted the game's next six points, including a nifty pull-up jumper that
put the Grizzlies up 83-71 in the beginning stages of the fourth quarter.
Memphis maintained a double-digit advantage for much of the contest's final
stanza, countering a 5-0 Thunder run that closed the home team within 97-89
with 4:18 to go by holding Oklahoma City scoreless over the next two-plus
The Thunder broke the scoreless drought when Westbrook sank two free throws,
with Randolph and Oklahoma City Kendrick Perkins both tossed in between the
attempts following a heated exchange between the two.
Memphis improved to 5-0 this season and 22-3 since the start of the 2011-12
campaign when scoring 100 or more points ... Gasol, who finished with 14
points, and Ibaka were both teammates on the Spanish national team that
captured a silver medal at the London Olympics after falling to a United
States squad led by Durant and Westbrook in the championship game ... Randolph
entered the night atop the NBA with an average of 14.5 rebounds per game.
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