NBA playoffs: Griffin scores 35 points, leading Clippers over Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, dunks as Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, left, and Klay Thompson look on during the second half in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Los Angeles, Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP / Chris Carlson)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:15AM EDT
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Zach Randolph scored 25 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-105 in overtime on Monday night and tie their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.
Mike Conley added 19 points and 12 assists for the Grizzlies.
Kevin Durant had 36 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook scored 29 points for Oklahoma City, but he made just 11 of 28 shots.
Randolph's layup with 26 seconds left in overtime put the Grizzlies up by two. Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka travelled, giving the ball back to the Grizzlies. Courtney Lee made two free throws for Memphis to make it a four-point game. Durant missed a 3-pointer and Randolph made two free throws with nine seconds left to put the game out of reach.
Game 3 is Thursday night in Memphis.
CLIPPERS 138, WARRIORS 98
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blake Griffin scored a career playoff-high 35 points without a foul and the Clippers led all the way in routing the Warriors to even their first-round series at a game apiece.
Chris Paul added 12 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who started the game on a 14-4 run and kept on going, maintaining a sizeable double-digit lead through the final three quarters. They finished with a franchise record points for a playoff game.
All the foul trouble that plagued Griffin and Paul in the Clippers' four-point loss in Game 1 belonged to the Warriors this time.
Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 24 points in the third quarter, when the Warriors never got closer than 25 points, while playing with four fouls. Klay Thompson finished with seven points -- 15 under his average -- and four fouls.