Sunday, May 1, 2011
Grizzlies big men think outside the paint
By ESPN Stats & Info
The Memphis Grizzlies won Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, 114-101 over the Oklahoma City Thunder. They are the second No. 8 seed to win an opening playoff series and then win Game 1 of the semifinal series, joining the 1999 New York Knicks -- who went to the NBA Finals.
Zach Randolph led the way with a playoff career-high 34 points, adding 10 rebounds, his fourth 25-10 game of this postseason. Marc Gasol added 20 points and 13 rebounds for his third straight double-double. The two Grizzlies big men combined to shoot 21-for-33 from the field.
They scored 18 points and shot nearly 80 percent on post-up plays, but they really did their damage from the outside, making the Thunder pay for helping on driving guards.
The duo combined for 23 points on jump shots from 10 feet and farther, far more than their average from this distance against the San Antonio Spurs in the first round.
Russell Westbrook had 29 points, eight rebounds, six assists and seven turnovers; it’s his first game this postseason with more turnovers than assists, and his 1.4 postseason Assist-to-Turnover ratio pales in comparison to the 2.1 he posted in the regular season.
Serge Ibaka chipped in with 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for the Thunder, making him the first player with five blocks in three straight playoff games since Tim Duncan in 2002.
The Grizzlies carried their postseason success from the first round into Game 1 with Oklahoma City, outscoring the Thunder by 14 points in the paint. They’ve outscored their opponents by 48 points in the paint this postseason.
The Grizzlies scored 23 points off of 18 Thunder turnovers while the Thunder got just eight points off of eight Memphis giveaways.