MEMPHIS -- The Grizzlies were outrebounded and one of their key big men finished the game with eight points. Still, Memphis found other ways to pull out a gritty 87-81 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals at the Grindhouse.
1. At this point, Oklahoma City has to be frustrated.
The Thunder owned the paint, 44-30, and outrebounded the Grizzlies by seven (14-5 on the offensive end). The Thunder had 23 fastbreak points to Memphis seven. But the Grizzlies held the Thunder to 36 percent shooting and made necessary plays in the final seconds.
They beat us in a lot of different areas. It just goes to show weve got a lot of work to do, said Memphis point guard Mike Conley.
Marc Gasol continued his tear though. The Memphis center had 20 points -- only four in the first half, but Zach Randolph had only eight with 10 rebounds. Neither big had a double-double. After back-to-back jumpers from Gasol in the third, he jawed at Kendrick Perkins, who re...