Ousting Thunder in 5 games gives defensive-minded Grizzlies day to rest up for Western finals

Published May 16, 2013

| Associated Press

The Grizzlies are enjoying a day off after clinching the franchise's first berth in the Western Conference finals. Good thing too since they can use a little rest after all that hard work.

Memphis eliminated the defending Western champs in five games, beating Oklahoma City 88-84 on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies now wait to see if they play San Antonio or Golden State next.

Coach Lionel Hollins said Thursday it's always great to get a day away from the stress of the playoffs.

The Grizzlies faced a tall task, first shutting down the high-flying Clippers, then Kevin Durant and the Thunder. They now have won eight of nine.

Their defense-first approach also helped the Grizzlies regroup after leading scorer, Rudy Gay, was traded away in January.

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