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2013 NBA Quarterfinals round - Series 1213.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Schedule and 2012-13 Results
Regular Season Records: Oklahoma City 60-22, Memphis 56-26
Game 1 on Sunday, 05 May: Memphis loses at Oklahoma City, 93-pts-91
Game 2 on Tuesday, 07 May: Memphis wins at Oklahoma City, 99-pts-93
Game 3 on Saturday, 11 May: Oklahoma City loses at Memphis, 87-pts-81
Game 4 on Monday, 13 May: Oklahoma City loses at Memphis, 103-pts-97 (OT)
Game 5 on Wednesday, 15 May: Memphis wins at Oklahoma City, 88-pts-84

SERIES NOTES:

After Game 5: The Memphis Grizzlies visited and defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 88-pts-84 for a 4-games-1 win of MLB/NBA/NHL best-of-7 playoff series 1213. With the series 1213 win, the Memphis Grizzlies improve their best-of-7 NBA playoff series record to 3-5 overall and 1-1 in the Quarterfinals. With the series 1213 loss, the best-of-7 NBA playoff series record of the Oklahoma City Thunder falls to 6-4 overall and 2-1 in the Quarterfinals. The win order for the victorious Memphis Grizzlies in series 1213 was LWWWW: Series 1213 thus becomes the sixth NBA Quarterfinals series, the 19th NBA series (all rounds), and the 56th MLB/NBA/NHL series (all rounds) to follow that win order to completion (the Miami Heat won their Quarterfinals series against the Chicago Bulls earlier on 15 May 2013 by the same LWWWW win order). The sum of the victory margins of the five games in series 1213 was 24 points, which sets a new best-of-7 NBA Quarterfinals round record for series taking five games for lowest sum of victory margins. The previous such record was 27 points, set in 1982 in the Seattle Supersonics San Antonio Spurs series and tied in 2002 in the Los Angeles Lakers San Antonio Spurs series. (By contrast, Game 2 alone in the Miami Heat Chicago Bulls series in the 2013 NBA Quarterfinals featured a 37-point margin of victory.)

After Game 4: The Memphis Grizzlies hosted and defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-pts-97 in the first overtime period to take a 3-games-1 lead in MLB/NBA/NHL best-of-7 playoff series 1213. When leading a best-of-7 NBA playoff series 3-games-1, the Memphis Grizzlies have a 1-0 series record and a 0-1 Game 5 record. When trailing a best-of-7 NBA playoff series 3-games-1, the Oklahoma City Thunder have a 0-2 series record and a 0-2 Game 5 record. Memphis trailed by 11 points after the first quarter, but won series 1213 Game 4: In the history of best-of-7 NBA playoff games prior to series 1213 Game 4, home teams down eleven points after one quarter had a game record of 8-19 (.296).

After Game 3: The Memphis Grizzlies hosted and defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 87-pts-81 to take a 2-games-1 lead in MLB/NBA/NHL best-of-7 playoff series 1213. When leading a best-of-7 NBA playoff series 2-games-1, the Memphis Grizzlies have a 1-1 series record and a 1-1 Game 4 record. When trailing a best-of-7 NBA playoff series 2-games-1, the Oklahoma City Thunder have a 2-3 series record and a 3-2 Game 4 record. In series 1213 Game 3, Memphis sccored 22 points in each of the first three quarters, and 21 points in the fourth quarter. In the history of best-of-7 NBA playoff games, series 1213 Game 3 thus becomes the 14th in which one team scored the same number of points in the first, second, and third quarters, and the fourth in which one team scored the same number of points in the first, second, and third quarters, and scored one less point in the fourth quarter (the Boston Celtics, in series 420 Game 1 in the 1983 Quarterfinals; the Houston Rockets, in series 469 Game 3 in the 1986 Quarterfinals; the San Antonio Spurs, in series 1208 Game 4 in the 2013 Preliminary round).

After Game 2: The Memphis Grizzlies visited and defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 99-pts-93 to tie MLB/NBA/NHL best-of-7 playoff series 1213 at 1-game-all. When tied in a best-of-7 NBA playoff series 1-game-all, the Oklahoma City Thunder have a 1-2 series record and a 0-3 Game 3 record, while the Memphis Grizzlies have a 1-2 series record and a 2-1 Game 3 record.

After Game 1: The Oklahoma City Thunder hosted and defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 93-pts-91 to take a 1-game-nil lead in MLB/NBA/NHL best-of-7 playoff series 1213. When leading a best-of-7 NBA playoff series 1-game-nil, the Oklahoma City Thunder have a 4-1 series record and a 4-1 Game 2 record. When trailing a best-of-7 NBA playoff series 1-game-nil, the Memphis Grizzlies have a 1-4 series record and a 1-4 Game 2 record. Oklahoma City trailed by nine points after three quarters of series 1213 Game 1: In the history of best-of-7 NBA playoff games beginning in 1947, home teams down by nine points after three quarters had a game record of only 8-42 (.160).

Pre-series assessment: In the 2012-13 NBA regular season, Oklahoma City finished four games ahead of Memphis. From 1947 through the 2013 NBA Preliminary round, inclusive, when NBA teams led their best-of-7 playoff series opponents by four regular-season games, they have posted a 24-9 (.727) best-of-7 series record in those series against those opponents. MLB/NBA/NHL best-of-7 playoff series 1213 is the eighth best-of-7 NBA playoff series for Memphis, and the tenth for Oklahoma City. In best-of-7 NBA playoff series, Memphis has a 2-5 series record, a 0-1 Quarterfinals-round series record, and a 2-5 Game 1 record, while Oklahoma City has a 6-3 series record, a 2-0 Quarterfinals-round record, and a 5-4 Game 1 record. Series 1213 is the second best-of-7 NBA playoff series meeting between Memphis and Oklahoma City; Oklahoma City defeated Memphis in series 1147, in the 2011 Quarterfinals.