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NBA Playoffs: Thunder thump Grizzlies in Game 7

Published May 3, 2014 11:53 pm

Western Conference • Durant, Westbrook carry OKC to victory.
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Oklahoma City • Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 120-109 on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Westbrook had 27 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds. His assist total tied the franchise record for a playoff game set in 1987 by Nate McMillan when the team was still in Seattle.

The gritty Grizzlies, playing without leading scorer Zach Randolph because of a suspension, led by 11 points in the first half before the Thunder overwhelmed them and shot 66 percent after the break.

Marc Gasol led Memphis with 24 points. Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley had 20 points and nine assists while playing with a strained right hamstring.

It was Westbrook's second triple-double in the past three games. He made 10 of 16 shots from the field, both of his 3-pointers and five of his six free throws.

Durant, slowed for much of the series, looked like his normal self. The regular-season scoring champion made 12 of 18 field goals and all five of his 3-pointers after struggling from long range throughout the series.

Guards Tony Allen and Mike Miller started for the first time in the series in place of Randolph and Tayshaun Prince, and the Grizzlies beat the Thunder at their fast-paced game in the first quarter. Memphis shot 60 percent in the opening period to take a 36-27 lead.

Oklahoma City chipped away in the second quarter, and the Thunder finally took a 51-50 lead on a 3-pointer by Durant. —

Thunder 120, Grizzlies 109

Memphis 36 22 23 28 — 109

Okla. City 27 34 33 26 — 120

MEMPHIS (109)

Allen 4-11 7-8 15, Miller 1-3 0-0 3, Gasol 7-20 10-11 24, Conley 8-14 4-5 20, Lee 5-10 4-5 16, Prince 3-6 0-0 6, Koufos 2-3 0-0 4, Udrih 4-8 3-3 12, Leuer 3-5 2-2 9, Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Franklin 0-2 0-0 0.

Totals 37-83 30-34 109.

OKLAHOMA CITY (120)

Durant 12-18 4-6 33, Ibaka 6-8 0-0 12, Perkins 2-2 0-0 4, Westbrook 10-16 5-6 27, Butler 3-10 8-9 15, Adams 3-3 2-3 8, Jackson 5-6 4-4 16, Fisher 1-4 2-2 5, Lamb 0-2 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals 42-69 25-30 120.

3-Point Goals—Memphis 5-17 (Lee 2-5, Udrih 1-2, Leuer 1-2, Miller 1-3, Gasol 0-1, Allen 0-1, Prince 0-1, Conley 0-2), Oklahoma City 11-19 (Durant 5-5, Westbrook 2-2, Jackson 2-3, Fisher 1-3, Butler 1-5, Lamb 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Memphis 37 (Leuer 7), Oklahoma City 45 (Westbrook 10). Assists—Memphis 22 (Conley 9), Oklahoma City 22 (Westbrook 16). Total Fouls—Memphis 22, Oklahoma City 28. Technicals—Adams. A—18,203 (18,203).