Final six minutes of Grizzlies-Thunder game took 43 minutes to play

The final minute of Monday night’s Memphis Grizzlies-Oklahoma City Thunder first-round Western Conference playoff game was full of excitement. The Thunder were able to tie things up with less than 20 seconds left thanks to Kevin Durant’s incredible 4-point play and Kendrick Perkins’ layup at the buzzer.

It was everything a basketball fan could ask for in such a short amount of time. However, the last minute of the fourth quarter and the five-minute overtime actually took a whopping 43 minutes and 14 seconds to play out, according to Regressing.

NBA games obviously take longer than their 48 minutes of regulation, with necessary commercial breaks and timeouts, among other things. Regressing figured out that the last minute of an NBA game usually takes an average of 5.4 minutes.

Though the Thunder helped blow that average out of the water almost tenfold, they couldn’t hold on in overtime and lost to the Grizzlies 111-105, tying the series at one game apiece. They meet again in Memphis on Thursday for Game 3.


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