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Grizzlies, Clippers win to level their first-round series

AP, OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma

Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies, right, blocks a shot by Thabo Sefolosha of the Oklahoma City Thunder, bottom, in Game 2 of their playoff series on Monday in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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Zach Randolph scored 25 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-105 in overtime to level their first-round playoff series at one game each.

In Monday’s other game, the Los Angeles Clippers leveled their series with the Golden State Warriors at 1-1 after leading all the way for a convincing 138-98 home win.

Mike Conley added 19 points and 12 assists for Memphis.

Kevin Durant had 36 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook scored 29 points for Oklahoma City, but he made just 11 of 28 shots.

Randolph’s layup with 26 seconds left in overtime put the Grizzlies up by two. Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka traveled, giving the ball back to the Grizzlies. Courtney Lee made two free throws for Memphis to make it a four-point game. Durant missed a three-pointer and Randolph made two free throws with nine seconds left to put the game out of reach.

Los Angeles power forward Blake Griffin scored a career playoff-high 35 points without a foul for the Clippers, while Chris Paul added 12 points and 10 assists.

Los Angeles started the game on a 14-4 run and kept on going, maintaining a sizable double-digit lead through the final three quarters. They finished with a franchise record points for a playoff game.

All the foul trouble that plagued Griffin and Paul in the Clippers’ four-point loss in Game 1 belonged to the Warriors this time.

Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 24 points in the third quarter, when the Warriors never got closer than 25 points.

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