Okc 25 32 32 27 116
Mem 22 20 31 27 100
Date of game: 12/11/2013

Recap: Memphis vs. Oklahoma City

Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Memphis Grizzlies took advantage of Russell Westbrook's torn meniscus in last year's Western Conference semifinals and defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games.

Memphis, though, was the team shorthanded this time.

Westbrook had 27 points, nine assists and six rebounds as the Thunder defeated the Grizzlies 116-100 on Wednesday night.

"He sets the tone for us and our guys do a great job following his lead," OKC head coach Scott Brooks said of Westbrook.

The Thunder defeated the Houston Rockets in the opening round despite losing Westbrook in Game 2, but lost four straight in the semis after taking Game 1.

Kevin Durant added 18 points and six rebounds for OKC, which has won 12 of its last 13 games. Jeremy Lamb scored 18 points off the bench in the triumph.

Mike Conley netted 20 points to go with nine assists and Zach Randolph donated 17 points and eight boards for the Grizzlies, who continue to play without star center Marc Gasol due to a sprained MCL and guard Tony Allen due to a hip injury. Memphis is also missing forward Ed Davis (ankle) and swingman Quincy Pondexter (right foot).

"I thought we gave them too many easy baskets," Conley admitted. "They're too good of a team offensively to give up the easy plays and I think that's where we kind of lost the game."

Westbrook netted 10 quick points as the Thunder raced out to a 21-11 start before Randolph put in six points during a 9-2 Memphis flurry to get the hosts within 23-20 late in the first.

The game was played within a five-point window from there until OKC went on a huge surge before the conclusion of the half.

The Thunder led 25-22 after a quarter of play and Westbrook capped a 15-3 OKC swing with a pull-up triple to make it 55-40 late in the second.

OKC took a 57-42 spread into the break and led by as many as 24 in the third before settling for an 89-73 cushion heading into the fourth, where the Thunder coasted to the easy win.

Game Notes

Thunder guard Andre Roberson started in place of Thabo Sefolosha, who missed Tuesday's game due to a right knee sprain ... OKC shot 56.3 percent (40-of-71) from the floor.

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: Stewart still coping with tragedy

Seven weeks after his involvement in an accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race on a dirt track in Upstate New York, Tony Stewart continues to deal with emotions surrounding the tragic incident.

Nothin' but Net: Coaching hot seat already burning

With NBA Media Day barely behind us, it's perfect fair and reasonable to already speculate as to which coaches will be fired soonest.

2014-15 Detroit Red Wings Preview

The aging core of Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and Johan Franzen will have to stay healthy if Detroit plans on making its 24th straight postseason appearance during 2014-15.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
Team CHOCOLATE MILK member Owen Hammond recovers post-race with lowfat chocolate milk after finishing 140.6 miles at IRONMAN Chattanooga.

0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...
Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.