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Kevin Durant wakes up the Thunder while his mother wakes up the crowd

BY JENNI CARLSON Staff Writer jcarlson@opubco.com Published: May 15, 2011
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/articleid/3568373/1/pictures/1419310">Photo - Kevin Durant hugs his mother Wanda Pratt, as he celebrates a win following game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference semifinals between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the OKC Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 15, 2011. The Thunder beat the Grizzlies 105-90 to advance to the Western Conference finals against Dallas. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Kevin Durant hugs his mother Wanda Pratt, as he celebrates a win following game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference semifinals between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the OKC Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 15, 2011. The Thunder beat the Grizzlies 105-90 to advance to the Western Conference finals against Dallas. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman

Westbrook had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists, becoming the first player since Scottie Pippen in 1992 to record a triple-double in a Game 7. Nick Collison came off the bench and put the defensive clamps on Grizzlies star Zach Randolph. James Harden poured in 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting in what was the best game of his young career.

Now, this team that came to Oklahoma City three years ago and struggled to a 3-29 start in its first season is headed to the Western Conference Finals.

The best-of-seven series begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Dallas.

“I didn't think they were going to do this this soon,” Pratt said after the game. “I just did not expect this. I expected it in about five years. But this year, this is great.”

She smiled.

“This is awesome.”

As she talked finally sitting in the courtside seat that she rarely used Sunday afternoon, Westbrook approached to give her a hug.

“Are you tired?” he asked, smiling. “Tired of dancing?”

“No,” she exclaimed.

Good thing. The Thunder still has some dancing left to do.


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