Thunder and Grizzlies Set NBA Record with Fourth Straight OT

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • April 30, 2014, 9:58 AM

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There was some history made in Oklahoma City last night. It was Game 5 of the Thunder-Grizzlies first-round playoff series, and for the fourth straight time the teams went to overtime. The last four games of the series has required bonus basketball, which is a first in NBA history.

OKC stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have been huge for the Thunder in forcing OT in two of those four games. And the team needed some superstar magic again last night.

With the clock ticking down, Memphis was up 90-88. As Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, Jr. dribbled at the top of the arc, Westbrook stuck his hand in, stole the ball, and had a clear lane to the net and a tie game. So of course, he went up for the jam:

The last time Westbrook's heroics forced overtime, the Thunder ended up with an OT loss. And that happened again last night. The Grizzlies topped the Thunder, 100-99, and now Oklahoma City faces elimination. Game 6 is Thursday, and if the last four games are any guide it will feature big-time play, clutch shots, and more than 60 minutes of game action.

What team do you think will win the Thunder-Grizzlies series? Let us know in the comments section below!

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