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Grizzlies hold off Thunder

Zach Randolph led the way as visiting Memphis evened the playoff series at 1-1.

Grizzlies center Marc Gasol shoots as Thunder forward Serge Ibaka defends. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Grizzlies center Marc Gasol shoots as Thunder forward Serge Ibaka defends. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)Read more

Zach Randolph scored 25 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the host Oklahoma City Thunder, 111-105, in overtime on Monday night and tie their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.

Mike Conley added 19 points and 12 assists for the Grizzlies.

Kevin Durant had 36 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook scored 29 points for Oklahoma City, but he made just 11 of 28 shots.

Randolph's layup with 26 seconds left in overtime put the Grizzlies up by two. Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka traveled, giving the ball back to the Grizzlies. Courtney Lee made two free throws for Memphis to make it a four-point game.

Durant missed a three-pointer and Randolph made two free throws with nine seconds left to put the game out of reach.

Knicks fire Woodson

Mike Woodson had the Knicks on top of their division and in the second round of the playoffs, destinations that had become unreachable and practically unimaginable in New York.

A year later, he was out of a job.

Phil Jackson fired Woodson and the entire coaching staff on Monday, making his first big move since becoming team president in March and saying in a statement that "the time has come for change throughout the franchise."

The dismissal comes shortly after the Knicks completed a 37-45 season that began with their belief they were a serious contender.

Instead, they started poorly, making Woodson's job security practically a season-long distraction. A late surge wasn't good enough for a postseason spot or another year for Woodson.

Corbin out in Utah

The Utah Jazz front office is searching for a new coach after declining to offer Tyrone Corbin a new contract.

Corbin ends his stint with the Jazz with a 112-146 record.

Corbin guided the team to a winning record in two of his three full seasons and a playoff appearance in 2012 despite the departure of star point guard Deron Williams shortly after his promotion.

But the Jazz were dismal this season, going 25-57 and missing out on the playoffs for the second straight season after jettisoning veterans and ushering in a youth movement.

Adelman is retiring

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman has decided to retire after 23 seasons in the NBA.

Adelman, 67, made the announcement, five days after the Wolves wrapped up a disappointing 40-42 season.

- Associated Press