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Grizzlies Oklahoma-bound to face Thunder in conference semifinal

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(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Grizzlies are headed to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder after a 118-105 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers secured them a spot in the Western Conference semifinals.

The game starts at noon Sunday.

The Grizzlies and Thunder have a history, having met two years ago in the playoffs. The series went seven games, including a triple-overtime thriller at FedExForum.

The Thunder ultimately won that series and faced the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks in the conference final.

The slogan "We don't bluff" -- seen on growl towels at Friday night's game -- was born after an altercation between Zach Randolph and Thunder center Kendrick Perkins.

The two exchanged words and tried to confront each other during the fourth quarter. Both were ejected, and Randolph approached Perkins near the locker room..

He was fined $25,000 by the league after the incident.

Tony Allen coined another popular Grizzlies motto, "All heart, grit and grind" in a postgame interview after scored he 27 points and shut down star forward Kevin Durant in a come-from-behind win against the Thunder.

Memphis this season has won two of its three games against the Thunder. The only loss came February 1, the day after a trade sent former leading scorer Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors.

Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and Ed Davis had not yet joined the team.

Though point guard Russell Westbrook is out for the year with a meniscus injury, the Thunder are a solid team under Durant's leadership.

The Grizzlies return to FedExForum Saturday May 11 for Game 3. The game, which will air on ESPN, tips off at 4 p.m.

Tickets for both games three and four go on sale Monday morning at noon.

The team will host another "swag pickup" Monday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Headbands, posters and sunglasses will be distributed on the FedExForum plaza.

The University of Memphis has rescheduled spring commencement for May 12, with ceremonies at noon and 4:00 p.m.

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