Thunder eliminated from playoffs as Durant struggles

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The Memphis Grizzlies advanced to the Western Conference Finals with a 88-84 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night to wrap up a 4-1 series win.

Zach Randolph scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Grizzlies, while guard Mike Conley contributed 13 points and dished 11 assists as Memphis dumped out the number one seed in the West.

Kevin Durant missed a 16-foot jump shot to tie the game with 5 seconds left, capping a poor shooting night for the Thunder star. He had a rough evening, connecting on just five of his 21 shots.

"I gave it all I had for my team," Durant told ESPN. "I left it all out there on the floor. I missed 16 shots, but I kept fighting, I kept being aggressive. That's all I can ask for."

Durant has carried the team since injury forced star guard Russell Westbrook to have surgery, and the Thunder went 2-6 after the former-UCLA point guard went down.

The Grizzlies will face the winner of the San Antonio Spurs versus Golden State Warriors series, with the victor booking a place in the NBA Finals.

But the Grizzlies have already made franchise history, reaching the Western Conference finals for the first time in their history.

"This is the first time, so it definitely means a lot," said Randolph. "I'm happy, but we've still got work to do. I want to win a ring."

The Thunder were behind by as many as 12 with just three minutes left, but put together a 16-6 run to close the gap to just two points.

Durant had the opportunity to make a play and take the game to overtime, but his shot hit the rim and bounced clear - capping the third-worst shooting performance of his playoff career.


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