Durant closes out Grizzlies, Thunder win 101-94

Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

Kevin Durant scored seven points in the final 1:12 to lift the Thunder to a 101-94 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at home Friday night.

Mike Conley made a corner three-pointer to tie the game at 94 before Durant took over.

On the next possession Durant isolated at the top of the key with Rudy Gay on him and drilled a 25-foot three-pointer in his face to put Oklahoma City up 97-94 with 54 seconds left.

Memphis turned the ball over on their next possession and Durant came down again and isolated on Gay at the end of the shot clock. He looked to draw a foul with a pump fake at the top of the key, Gay didn’t bite but Durant still made him pay with a one-footed fall away jumper as the shot clock expired.

O.J. Mayo missed a desperation three with 17 seconds left and none other than Durant came up with the rebound and calmly walked to the other end and sunk two free throws.

Durant led the Thunder with 36 points and 10 rebounds in the win with all 10 of his boards coming in the second half.

Oklahoma City trailed 77-69 after three quarters and Durant and Russell Westbrook stayed in to start the fourth. In the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, James Harden led the comeback scoring 10 points to bring Oklahoma City back to an 81-81 tie.

The Thunder would outscore the Grizzlies 32-17 in the fourth quarter.

Durant got help in this one especially from the number two and three options on the team. Westbrook struggled from the field but played great defense and scored 21 points with seven assists. Harden finished the night with 24 points hitting 4-of-6 from deep.

The Thunder blocked 12 shots in the game with Durant, Serge Ibaka and Daequan Cook each making three of them.

Cook also played a big role as the Thunder went small for most of the second half. Cook pulled down seven rebounds in the game and kept a number of others alive with taps.

The Grizzlies had their usual night versus the Thunder this year with Marc Gasol playing an efficient game and Gay struggling shooting. Gasol scored 24 points and had eight rebounds while Gay went 9-for-20 and scored 23 points.

For the comeback, Oklahoma City required big minutes from Durant (44) and Westbrook (42). That’s going to be tough since they are playing again Saturday night in San Antonio (15-9).

Topics: Daequan Cook, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka

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