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Grizzlies take 3-2 series lead over Thunder

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Mike Miller scored 21 points and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies held off the Oklahoma City Thunder, 100-99, in a record fourth consecutive overtime game Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round Western Conference series.

Oklahoma City rebounded a missed three-point attempt by Miller and called a timeout, trailing 100-99 with 2.9 seconds remaining. Kevin Durant missed a long three-point try and teammate Serge Ibaka tipped the ball in on the rebound, but the basket was waved off and the call was upheld on review.

Zach Randolph added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who will host Game 6 on Thursday.

Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for the Thunder. His steal and breakaway basket with four seconds left in regulation tied the score and sent the game into overtime.

Oklahoma City trailed by 20 points in the third quarter but trimmed its deficit to six by the start of the fourth quarter and finally took a 79-78 lead on a three-pointer by Durant, who had 26 points.

Washington 75, at Chicago 69: John Wall finished with 24 points, Nene scored 20, and the Wizards clinched their first-round Eastern Conference series in five games.

Bradley Beal scored 17 points, and the fifth-seeded Wizards advanced in the postseason for only the third time since the 1970s. They will meet Indiana or Atlanta in the East semifinals.

The Wizards turned a halftime tie into a nine-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and hung on down the stretch.

Chicago's comeback chances took a big hit early in the final quarter when Taj Gibson crumbled to the court clutching his left ankle after he tried to block a layup by Wall with the Wizards up by six points. He had to be helped off the court and did not return.

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