Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Thunder storm back to even series at two
By ESPN Stats & Info
Down 18 points in the second quarter, the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to tie Game 4 of their series with the Memphis Grizzlies in regulation, then won 133-123 in triple overtime. It was just the sixth triple-overtime postseason game in NBA history and the first since the Bulls and Celtics in 2009. (The previous three winners of a triple-overtime postseason game wound up losing the series.)
Russell Westbrook scored 40 points while taking 33 shots from the floor, both playoff career highs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the seventh 40-point playoff game in Thunder franchise history and the third this postseason. Kevin Durant had the previous two against the Nuggets in the first round.
For Memphis, Zach Randolph scored 34 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and Marc Gasol added 26 points with 21 rebounds. The Elias Sports Bureau tells us it was the first time since 1970, and just the fourth time in NBA history, that one player had 20 points and 20 rebounds, and his teammate had 30 points and 15 rebounds in the same postseason game.
With the Heat-Celtics game going to overtime earlier in the night, Monday marked the first time since May 16, 1995 that there were two overtime playoff games on the same day.