Griz beat Thunder for 1st trip to West finals

MVP: Zach Randolph bludgeoned the Thunder, racking up 28 points and 14 rebounds by outmuscling every defensive permutation OKC threw at him. Marc Gasol spent most of the game wrecking the Thunder offense, Randolph their defense. It proved an indomitable combo.

Turning point: The Grizzlies were well on their way to running away with the game when Tony Allen accidentally tossed his warmup shirt onto the court in the third quarter. It sparked a 13-4 Thunder run after a technical, and the rest of the game came down to the final seconds.

That was … fitting. This series was hard-fought and impossibly close every game, even as the Grizzlies seemed to wear the Thunder down. Oklahoma City fought to make crunch time tense, and Memphis proved to have just a bit more left in reserve. As the series went, so did this game, and it was a treat for fans.