NBA Playoffs: Memphis, Miami go up 3-1

2013-05-14T00:00:00Z NBA Playoffs: Memphis, Miami go up 3-1The Associated Press The Associated Press
May 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Grizzlies are proving they know how to grab an advantage and hold onto it this postseason.

Tony Allen scored on a driving layup to open overtime and Memphis held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-97 on Monday night to push the defending Western Conference champions to the edge of elimination.

Memphis shook off a first half in which it couldn't hit shots and the Thunder seemingly couldn't miss in building its largest lead in this series at 17 points.

But Memphis has yet to lose on its home court this postseason, and the team won its third straight and seventh in eight games to grab a 3-1 lead in the series.

"We have an opportunity in front of us that we can take advantage of," Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said. "I know our guys are focused. ... We know they're going to fight ... and we have to be ready."

Game 5 is Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.

The Grizzlies outscored the Thunder 9-3 in OT.

Kevin Durant scored 27 points but missed all five of his shots in the extra period, including a layup in the final seconds. Durant went 2 of 13 in the fourth quarter and overtime and had only five points. He did score on a driving layup that forced overtime.

Asked why he drove for the tying layup in regulation instead of a three to win, Durant said he saw a wide-open lane.

"I just went to get as close as I could and try to send it to overtime, which we did," Durant said. "They made more plays than us in overtime."

Mike Conley led Memphis with 24 points, while Marc Gasol had 23 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, and Zach Randolph added 23 points and 12 boards.

The Thunder led by as much as 17 in the first half and 12 in the third. But Memphis used a 20-8 run in the third to get back into it. The Grizzlies had a chance to close out the win, but Serge Ibaka blocked a shot by Randolph just before the buzzer in regulation.

Heat D smothers Bulls

CHICAGO - LeBron James scored 27 points and the Miami Heat nearly matched a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a playoff game, pounding the listless and short-handed Chicago Bulls 88-65 to take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference series.

"We worked for it," said Miami's Chris Bosh. "I never like to say things are easy."

The Heat sure made it look that way, though. The 65 points allowed were only two more than the all-time postseason low for a Miami opponent, and it was easily the worst offensive performance by a Chicago team in the playoffs.

Never before had the Bulls scored fewer than 69 in a playoff game nor 10 or less in a quarter during the postseason, but both those marks fell on a night when they were dominated on both ends of the floor.

Miami led by 11 at the half and put this one away in the third quarter, outscoring Chicago 17-9 in the period.

Now the Heat will try to wrap up the series at home Wednesday night, taking what they hope will be the next step toward a second straight championship.

James had his usual complete game with eight assists and seven rebounds Monday. Bosh finished with 14 points after scoring 20 and grabbing 19 rebounds in Game 3, and the Heat won again despite another quiet night from Dwyane Wade (six points), whose right knee was bothering him again. He appeared to land hard on it taking a fallaway jumper in the third quarter but was able to return to the game after getting re-taped.

"It's frustrating at times, but you just try to do what you can," Wade said.

The Bulls again were missing ailing Luol Deng and injured Kirk Hinrich (calf), but Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said the Heat is "a great team."

"We have to come out with great intensity - but we also have to make shots."

Carlos Boozer had 14 points and 12 boards for Chicago but was 3 of 14 from the field. And Nate Robinson missed all 12 of his shots.

Today

• Knicks at Pacers: 4 p.m. on TNT. Pacers lead 2-1

• Warriors at Spurs: 6:30 p.m. on TNT. Tied 2-2

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