Grizzlies outlast Thunder in OT for 3-2 series lead
Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Serge Ibaka's tip-in came a blink after the overtime buzzer sounded, and the Memphis Grizzlies stole Game 5 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a dramatic 100-99 victory on Tuesday.
These evenly-matched clubs came in tied at 2-2 and played an extra five minutes for an unprecedented fourth straight game after Russell Westbrook stripped Mike Conley at the top of the key and went in for an uncontested layup with 4.0 seconds left in regulation.
Kevin Durant had a chance to even things again late in OT, but after hitting the first of his two free throw attempts with 27.5 ticks left, referee Joey Crawford physically stopped the 87-percent free throw shooter from attempting his second try to fix a problem at the scorer's table.
Durant drew iron when play resumed, then found the back rim on a fallaway 28- footer as time ticked away. Ibaka's acrobatic follow went in, but after a review, it was determined his hand was on the ball just as the clock hit zero.
04/30 00:21:40 ET