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Heat, Grizzlies make conference finals

CRUNCH TIME:The Heat will be Eastern Conference favorites against Indiana or New York, while Memphis made the Western Conference finals for the first time


In a series filled with games that went down to the wire, the finale was fitting — even though the Thunder trailed by 12 with three minutes left.

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant missed a 16-foot jumper from the left wing that would have tied the game with six seconds left, finishing off a miserable shooting night for the three-time NBA scoring champion. Durant ended up with 21 points on 5-for-21 shooting, the third-worst performance of his playoff career.

“I gave it all I had for my team. I left it all out there on the floor,” Durant said.

The Thunder, who made it to the NBA Finals last season, were top seeds in the West, but went 2-6 after All-Star guard Russell Westbrook had knee surgery two games into the first round.

Serge Ibaka had 17 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 1:26 to play during a desperation comeback try for the Thunder.

Reggie Jackson’s three-pointer finished off the 16-6 rally, cutting the deficit to 86-84 with 14.3 seconds remaining.

Randolph missed both free throws with 11.3 seconds on the clock to give the Thunder one last chance to save their season. Durant got the ball beyond the three-point line on the left wing and navigated around Tony Allen before missing the jumper.

“That’s the shot that we wanted. … That’s the shot I will live with 100 times out of 100 times,” Brooks said.

Allen got the rebound, was fouled and made two free throws to close it out.

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