KD was very complimentary to Z-Bo following the Grizzlies’ series-opening win in OKC, and Randolph was happy to agree with Durant’s assessment of his blossoming game. From the Commercial Appeal: “Someone informed Zach Randolph about what was being said about him in the Oklahoma City Thunder locker room, and the Grizzlies’ power forward shot back with a line as snappy as the one he put on the final statistical sheet. Oklahoma City’s scoring machine Kevin Durant basically called Randolph unstoppable and the best on the planet at his position. ‘I’ve got to agree with that. Thanks, KD,’ a smiling Randolph said while sitting in front of a microphone as the interview room filled with laughter. But a sellout crowd in Oklahoma City Arena spent slightly more than 2 hours Sunday failing to see the humor. Randolph’s feathery jump shot, and bump-and-grind scoring ability around the basket was on full display as he amassed a career playoff-high 34 points and 10 rebounds in leading the Griz to a 114-101 victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series against the Thunder. Randolph bullied his way around the paint and his low-post sidekick, Marc Gasol, added more muscle (20 points, 13 rebounds) to the Griz, snatching away home-court advantage by imposing their will and brand of basketball.”
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