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Grizzlies stay hot with win over Thunder

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Rudy Gay poured in 28 points and Zach Randolph continued his string of double-double performances as the Memphis Grizzlies came through with an impressive 107-97 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Randolph racked up 20 and 11 rebounds before being ejected with 2:05 left to record his seventh consecutive double-double to begin the season. More importantly, the Grizzlies registered their sixth straight win since opening the 2012-13 campaign with a road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Memphis overcame a 10-point deficit after one quarter and a 34-point outburst by reigning NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant to halt a five-game win streak by the defending Western Conference title-holders.

Durant knocked down 12-of-21 shots and added 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, with Russell Westbrook amassing 17 points and 13 assists in defeat and Serge Ibaka posting 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting on the night.

The Grizzlies trailed 30-20 after one period before beginning the second with an 11-2 run sparked by five points from reserve Quincy Pondexter, then later outscored the Thunder by a 15-4 count over the final four minutes of the opening half to open up an 11-point lead at halftime.

Pondexter ignited that surge as well by burying a 3-pointer that snapped a 41-41 tie with 3:45 remaining in the second quarter, and Memphis closed out the quarter on a 10-0 run to account for the 56-45 advantage.

Mike Conley's layup off a Thunder turnover with 32 seconds left in the half pushed the margin to nine points, and the point guard fed Marc Gasol for a short jumper at the buzzer later on to give Memphis a double-digit cushion at intermission.

The Grizzlies extended the lead to 65-49 less than three minutes into the third quarter. However, Oklahoma City would climb back into it before the session would end.

Down 73-59 with five minutes left in the third, the Thunder embarked on a 10-2 flurry capped by a Westbrook trey to pull to within six points, though that would turn out to be as close as Oklahoma City would get.

Gay netted the game's next six points, including a nifty pull-up jumper that put the Grizzlies up 83-71 in the beginning stages of the fourth quarter. Memphis maintained a double-digit advantage for much of the contest's final stanza, countering a 5-0 Thunder run that closed the home team within 97-89 with 4:18 to go by holding Oklahoma City scoreless over the next two-plus minutes.

The Thunder broke the scoreless drought when Westbrook sank two free throws, with Randolph and Oklahoma City Kendrick Perkins both tossed in between the attempts following a heated exchange between the two.

Game Notes

Memphis improved to 5-0 this season and 22-3 since the start of the 2011-12 campaign when scoring 100 or more points ... Gasol, who finished with 14 points, and Ibaka were both teammates on the Spanish national team that captured a silver medal at the London Olympics after falling to a United States squad led by Durant and Westbrook in the championship game ... Randolph entered the night atop the NBA with an average of 14.5 rebounds per game.

11/14 23:32:42 ET

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