With a little more than seven minutes remaining in the third quarter and Memphis leading 58-46, Grizzlies guard Mike Conley pushed the ball in transition, shoveling the ball to a trailing Prince who then attacked the paint at full speed. Picking up his dribble around the free-throw line, Prince cruised between Thabo Sefolosha and Jackson and then finished a lefty slam over Ibaka, the Thunder's shot-blocking specialist. Wam. Bam. Who knew Prince, 33, could still sky like that?
Prince finished with eight points (on three-for-13 shooting) and six rebounds in 31 minutes. Zach Randolph led the way for the Grizzlies with 28 points and 14 rebounds, both game-highs. The Thunder got a team-high 21 points from Kevin Durant in a losing effort.
Memphis, the West's No. 5 seed, eliminated the Thunder, the No. 1 seed, from the playoffs with a 4-1 victory in their Western Conference semifinals series. They will advance to face either San Antonio or Golden State in the Western Conference finals.
Prince's slam joins the “Dunk of the Playoffs” conversation, which currently includes Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, Rockets forward Carlos Delfino, Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Warriors center Andrew Bogut, Bulls forward Taj Gibson, Pacers forward Gerald Green, Pacers center Roy Hibbert and Warriors forward Harrison Barnes.