Nothing rattled the Memphis Grizzlies.

Not squandering a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter and a five-point lead in the final 19 seconds of regulation. Not Kevin Durant's 20 points after the third quarter. Not even giving up an improbable game-tying putback that forced overtime.

The Grizzlies remained steady and took care of business in the extra period. Zach Randolph scored 25 points to help visiting Memphis defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-105 in overtime on Monday night and tie their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.

"It was just staying confident, understanding that those guys are going to make runs," Memphis forward Tony Allen said. "We've got to weather the storm by staying together and not getting down."

Mike Conley added 19 points and 12 assists for the Grizzlies. Oklahoma City pushed the pace through most of its 100-86 victory in Game 1, but on Monday, the Grizzlies successfully slowed the tempo and limited Oklahoma City's fast-break opportunities.

Oklahoma City's stars put up big numbers, but they worked for everything they got. Durant had 36 points and 11 rebounds, but he made just 12 of 28 shots and had just eight points at halftime and 16 through three quarters. Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, but he made just 11 of 28 shots.

With Memphis leading 99-97, Westbrook missed a wild 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation, but Kendrick Perkins, who hadn't made a field goal all game, scored to force overtime.


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"Tremendous game to be a part of," Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said. "I honestly can tell you that, whether you win or lose."

Timberwolves: Rick Adelman has decided to retire after 23 seasons in the NBA. The decision brings to an end to a celebrated coaching career that includes 1,042 victories, eighth on the NBA's career list. He coached Western Conference powers in Portland and Sacramento and also had stops with the Warriors and Houston.

Adelman, 67, said the time is right for him to step aside and spend more time with his wife, Mary Kay, who has been treated for seizures over the last two years. He also thinks the Wolves need a fresh voice to help them try to persuade star power forward Kevin Love to remain in Minnesota.

Knicks: Mike Woodson was fired as coach after his team fell from division champions to out of the playoffs in one season. Phil Jackson, in his first big move since becoming team president in March, said in a statement "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.

Jazz: Utah declined to offer coach Tyrone Corbin a new contract. Corbin ends his stint with the Jazz with a 112-146 record. He became the head coach on Feb. 10, 2011, after the resignation of Jerry Sloan, for whom he was a longtime assistant.

Defensive Player of the Year: Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. Noah got 100 of a possible 125 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters and wound up with 555 points. Indiana's Roy Hibbert (166 points, eight first-place votes) and the Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan (121 points, eight first-place votes) came in second and third, respectively.

The only other Bulls player to win the award was Michael Jordan in 1988.

Rockets: Houston point guard Patrick Beverley has been cleared to play in Game 2 on Wednesday night after injuring his right knee in the opening game of the first-round playoff series against Portland.

Bobcats: Center Al Jefferson said that while his left foot remains extremely sore, he plans to play in Game 2 of the best-of-seven playoff series Wednesday against Miami.