Grizzlies Try To Close Out Series With Thunder
Memphis, TN-Here are game notes for Thursday’s game 6 between the Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder in FedEx Forum.
* Leading 3-2 in a historic best-of-seven opening round series, the Memphis Grizzlies will look to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals and, for a second consecutive season, eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 tomorrow night.
* Memphis is undefeated all-time in Game 6s (4-0), including one home win over Oklahoma City in the 2011 Western Conference Semifinals and two series-clinching home wins (2013 vs LA Clippers, 2011 vs San Antonio).
* Teams leading 3-2 in a best-of-seven NBA series go on to win the series 85.9 percent of the time (225-37).
* Memphis could become just the second No. 7 seed to ever eliminate a No. 2 seed since the NBA Playoffs opening round expanded to a best-of-seven series in 2002-03… San Antonio over Dallas in 2010 is the only other example of a No. 7 seed ousting a No. 2 seed in a best-of-seven format.
* Memphis is 3-3 all-time in potential closeout games.
* One of the leading candidates for the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, Kevin Durant, and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking to avoid elimination at FedExForum… A team featuring the league MVP has not been eliminated in the first round since Dirk Nowitzki and the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks were ousted in the opening round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs by the Golden State Warriors.
* Memphis defeated Oklahoma City, 100-99, in Game 5 in what was the fourth straight overtime game in the series, which is an NBA record for consecutive overtime games within a playoff series.
* Mike Miller scored a team-high 21 points off the bench, including five three-pointers, in Game 5… That was the highest Grizzlies playoff scoring total for Miller, who is now in his fourth career postseason with Memphis.
* The Grizzlies and Thunder have played an NBA-most 7,955 minutes head-to-head over the last four seasons, well over 1,000 more minutes than any other two teams head-to-head.
* According to NBA.com/stats, Memphis and Oklahoma City have played 37 minutes in the clutch (last 5 minutes, +/- 5 point margin) this round… No other series has had more than 28 minutes in the clutch.
* Memphis has held Oklahoma City to sub-.400 shooting in each of the last four games… That is OKC’s longest streak shooting under 40 percent from the field in franchise history, regular season or playoffs, dating back to the inception of the Seattle SuperSonics at the start of the 1967-68 season.
* Memphis has had a different leading scorer in each of its last four games and had 13 different leading scorers in total this season (including ties)… Oklahoma City had just six different leading scorers (including ties) this season, including regular season and playoffs.