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Thunder beat Grizzlies 120-109 in Game 7

Westbrook: 'Great Feeling'

By CLIFF BRUNT
AP Sports Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- 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.

Durant hit another 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left to give the Thunder a 61-58 lead at the break. He scored 21 points in the first half and Westbrook had 13 points and eight assists.

Gasol scored 15 points in the first half, but he and Allen both had three fouls at the break.

The Thunder opened the second half on a 10-2 run. Durant hit a 3-pointer to give Oklahoma City a 71-60 lead. Durant hit another 3 that gave Oklahoma City a 78-63 advantage and led to a Memphis timeout.

Back-to-back 3s by Derek Fisher and Westbrook and a breakaway dunk by Caron Butler gave the Thunder a 92-76 lead, and Oklahoma City took a 94-81 edge into the fourth quarter.

Notes: Allen sustained an eye injury Thursday in Game 6, but played anyway. He scored 15 points in 36 minutes. ... During the morning shootaround, Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger wouldn't comment on the NBA's decision to suspend Randolph for punching Thunder center Steven Adams in the jaw late in Game 6. Adams got a loud ovation when he entered the game in the first quarter. ... Oklahoma City committed seven turnovers in the first quarter and 20 in the game. ... Butler got his second start for the Thunder, and his first in front of the home crowd. He finished with 15 points.

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Sooner 1 May 04 2014 at 11:47 AM

Well Randolph you cost your team by not being able to play. Now you have all summer to work on your boxing skills, blind siding an opponent.

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Hello Big Dee May 04 2014 at 9:37 AM

NBA IS RIGGED THEY KNOW WHO THEY WANT IN THE FINALS THE ZACH RANDOLPH SUSPENSION WAS BOUGUS WHY DIDNT PAUL GEORGE AND THE PACERS GET SUSPENDED FOR THERE ACTIONS ANSWER NBA WANTED OKC AND THE PACERS TO ADVANCE ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY

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vdan8899 Hello Big Dee May 04 2014 at 10:28 AM

Couldn't you come up with something better than that. O' and by tha way, stop writing in caps as per it is bad manners.

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Jerry Konieczny Hello Big Dee May 04 2014 at 12:01 PM

My, I wish I had your insight as to what the NBA wants but-----I am very glad I don't have your ability to make a decently composed, with simple spelling, attempt to express my thoughts on a particular subject. Oh, and by the way you really don't have to shout (all caps) in order to be "heard".

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jphipps3221 Jerry Konieczny May 04 2014 at 2:22 PM

Why does a person comments on another person's spelling or whether on not they used caps to make their point. Make your point about the subject. Leave to personal attack at home. Some of the these statements I agree. If a player break the rules he should be suspended. Zach should call his congressman LOL. The NBA thinks George is a rising superstar. Larry Bird thinks so.

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allan1486 May 04 2014 at 3:14 PM

Zac randolph deserved his suspension...I am glad his team lost...he could have been put in jail for assault...this is the NBA act like you have half a brain!

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LENWELL May 04 2014 at 1:37 PM

I guess Mr. Unreliable wasn't so unreliable this game. As far as Randolphs suspension goes it again points out that the physicality of play in the N.B.A has gone overboard with more displays of temper and uncontrolled behavior. The referees have lost control of the game as witnessed by the inconsistency of thir calls and the virtual disappearance of calls for traveling, palming, carrying etc. which now give players virtual freedom in handling the ball any way they choose to maximize their driving and shooting skills. Coupled with the size and speed of the modern players the serious injuries incurred continue to increase.

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smit813425 May 04 2014 at 12:44 PM

Great team, great players, just do it and don't look back. BG

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George May 04 2014 at 12:19 PM

Can't say enough good things about this team. They represent the best the country has to offer, from one of the best cities. Back home to God's country for the first semi-final playoff game. Let's root for Thunder, let's root for Oklahoma City, let's root for the continued success of one of the best NBA teams out there.

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constant43 May 04 2014 at 10:47 AM

Well, as you read these comment s you can tell these are not Thunder fans appears they are the tearful few of Memphis. Thunder fans don't need to make a lot of comments our team does it on the court.

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jclar46 May 04 2014 at 10:14 AM

Not many comments...which tells you just how much people care about pro sports anymore. I don't have a need to watch a bunch of thugs run up and down a wooden floor or artificial grass, and how much more boring can it get than to watch a group of "boys" stand around spitting and scratching their crotches for 4 hours of "America's Game"? Get a life.

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sgtjrh May 04 2014 at 9:44 AM

all about the green,,should the league be investigated,YES

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CURT E. May 04 2014 at 3:25 PM

Zac costed them this and they should deal with him for that.

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