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Memphis Grizzlies beat Oklahoma City Thunder in decisive game five

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The Memphis Grizzlies only just made the play-offs come the end of the regular season, but in recent performances you couldn't tell as again they forced a period of overtime against the Thunder and ultimately go on and beat the hosts 100-99 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Forward Zach Randolph stated after the game to ESPN that the Grizzlies are a tough team, but that these play-offs will never be a walk in the park.
"Nothing comes easy for us. We get it out of the mud, we grind and we're underdogs. It's what we do."

The 32-year-old recorded 20 points in game five, having bounced back from his 11 points scored in game four.

The first quarter started in favour of the visitors as the Grizzlies cruised to a 30-25 lead; Zach Randolph scored 11 points hitting five of his five attempted field goals with Tayshaun Price adding seven.

Kevin Durant scored seven and Russell Westbrook gave the home side hope scoring 14 points - including a nice slam in sixth minute after a steal from Thabo Sefolosha.

David Joerger's men were confident, and this exuberance showed as the Grizzlies claimed the second quarter 25-18.

Reggie Jackson hit six for the hosts, but this didn't stop Mike Miller scoring 11 in 12 minutes as the small forward scored four of his five attempted field goals, and three of his four three pointers.

Going in at half-time Scott Brooks' team were looking into the abyss as they trailed the visitors by 12 points at 55-43.

But with some words of wisdom by Brooks, and the Thunder blast back into their usual routine, winning the third 27-21.

Durant started finding his rhythm scoring nine points playing the full 12 minutes, while Serge Ibaka added a solid seven as heading into the fourth quarter the Thunder had closed the gap to six points.

Then in the fourth the Thunder had completed the comeback and forced the game into overtime, winning the fourth 20-14.

Westbrook hit the Grizzlies for nine and Durant added five to the board, this gave the Thunder fans hope, as a win was looking capable heading into the first period of overtime with an advantage.

But in the Grizzlies mind-set, this wasn't written in the script, as Joerger's men spoiled the party and won the overtime period 10-9 - Mike Miller scoring a decisive six scoring two of his four attempted field goals.

Memphis are in a state on of control going into game six, but Scott Brooks' men have to travel to the FedEx Forum on Thursday night to keep their play-off dreams alive.

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