Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - There will be a new Western Conference champion after the Memphis Grizzlies eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder in another close battle at Chesapeake Energy Arena Wednesday.
The Grizzlies used their stout defense and double-doubles from Zach Randolph and Mike Conley to take Game 5, 88-84, and advance to the franchise's first conference final.
Randolph poured in 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds but missed two late free throws with the Grizzlies holding a two-point lead.
Kevin Durant had a chance to tie the game with time winding down and missed an open 15-footer, and Tony Allen sealed the outcome at the foul line.
Conley finished with 13 points, 11 assists and seven boards for the fifth- seeded Grizzlies, who won the final four games of the series after losing the opener.
Durant, relied on more heavily after All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook went down with a knee injury last round, felt the burden in the ouster as he connected on just 5-of-21 from the field for 21 points.
Oklahoma City, the West's top seed, averaged a mere 89.6 points in the series -- 16.1 points less than its regular season average.
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