Kevin Durant put on his 102nd 30-point performance on Wednesday night, but the Memphis Grizzlies would win big, 107-97 over the Thunder despite his incredible effort.
He finished the night with 34 points and 10 rebounds, as well as two blocks and three steals. Durant got really hot in the third quarter, seeming to find his spots on the floor and land every shot he took.
The entire Thunder squad played with a new energy that wasn’t present in the first half, coming out strong after Russell Westbrook sprinted down the court early in the third before dishing it to Serge Ibaka who laid it in for an easy bucket. The offense really got rolling with Westbrook repeatedly driving through traffic and taking it to the hole, scoring often and scoring quickly.
The OKC team in the second half was relentless, playing with an unshakable confidence that they didn’t have in the early stages of this contest. They shot slightly better on the night than Memphis did, making 48.6-percent of their shots to the Grizzlies’ 47.6.
But ultimately, it would not be enough.
Tony Allen threw it down for a huge dunk to put Memphis up 69-55 with seven minutes left in the game, but then Ibaka responded with a slam down of his own. Rudy Gay struck back and got on a streak of his own, hitting three shots in a row and lifting Memphis back up by ten after OKC had brought it within six.
In the fourth quarter, OKC had it within reach at times but let opportunity slip through their grasp. They only scored 13 points in the fourth quarter despite coming alive at points in the third, and with every point they left on the court, Memphis picked it up on their end.
The Grizzlies extend their winning streak to six straight games, while the Thunder need to find a way to score in the fourth quarter going forward.