Zach Randolph has gone full-circle in the Western Conference semifinal against the Oklahoma City Thunder, which means the series will now go full-cycle.
In Game 1, Randolph shot 12 for 22 from the field, scored 34 points and the Memphis Grizzlies cruised to a 114-101 victory.
In Game 6, Randolph again shot 12 for 22 from the field, again scored in the 30s and again Memphis cruised, this time to a 95-83 victory in FedExForum on Friday night.
Games 2 through 5, he shot a combined 22 for 69 (.319) from the floor, all of which means nothing because Game 7 became necessary on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in Oklahoma City Arena thanks primarily to Randolph.
"It seemed like he made every big shot for them," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "He was mixing it up. It wasn't all inside. The guy is a player. When he gets it going, you only can do what you can do, and that's contest his shot."
Randolph had a perfectly acceptable 10-point, two-rebound first half on Friday night, but went off for 20 points and 11 rebounds after intermission as the Grizzlies outscored the Thunder 51-29 in the second half.
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