The Memphis Grizzlies lead the OKC Thunder 55-43 at halftime of game #5 in their NBA Playoff series at “the Peake” in downtown Oklahoma City. The Thunder played poor defense throughout the opening half, giving up 30 points to the low-scoring Grizzlies in the first quarter.
Memphis is shooting 55% at intermission and the Grizzlies bench boys, the reserves, have outscored the Thunder substitutes 23-14 at the break. “Thunder Killer” Mike Miller, who has blistered the Thunder in the past when playing for the Miami Heat, scored 11 points off the bench including 3-4 from “3” point distance to give Memphis their cushion at the break.
Russell Westbrook leads the Thunder with 16 first half points, but Westbrook is just 5-15 shooting. Kevin Durant’s shooting slump continues as the probable league MVP was just 3-10 in the opening half for 7 points. And the Thunder as a team came into this game on a 3-game streak of shooting below 40% – tonight, they’re hitting just 35% of their shots at halftime.
Zach Randolph is having a big night for Memphis as the big man is 6-6 from the field for 13 points and 6 rebounds at the break. OKC is trying to take a 3-2 series lead with game #6 scheduled for Memphis Thursday night in Tennessee.