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Thunder-Grizzlies: Oklahoma City forces Game 7 with forceful rout of Memphis

OKC 104, MEMPHIS 84 — Kevin Durant’s finest performance of the post season and strong efforts by Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson force Game 7 on Saturday night in Oklahoma City.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 2, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — This one’s going the distance.

After falling into a 3-2 series hole, the Oklahoma City Thunder bounced back in a big way with a 104-84 win in Game 6 on Thursday night at Memphis.

Kevin Durant delivered his finest performance so far this postseason, scoring a game-high 36 points with 10 rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Reggie Jackson chipped in 16 points off the Thunder bench as OKC’s offense came alive inside the FedExForum.

Game 7 is now set for Saturday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Thunder won its only other Game 7, taking a 15-point home win over these same Grizzlies in the 2011 semifinals.

“We have to do it again,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “We turned the page after this game immediately. We were thinking about Game 7 as we broke our huddle.”

A lineup change led to a revived offense Thursday, as Brooks replaced Thabo Sefolosha with Caron Butler in the starting unit.

It paid huge dividends.

The Thunder shot 49.3 percent from the field after four straight games of being held under 40 percent. Oklahoma City also maintained solid defense, hounding the Grizzlies to 37 percent shooting while out-rebounded Memphis, 47-36.

Now, this series shifts from “The Grindhouse” to “The Peake” for a winner-take-all game inside what’s expected to be an electric environment.

“We have a great building, everybody knows that,” Brooks said. “Everybody comes into our city knowing we have the best building in the league. Does it mean anything? It means that it’s going to be loud and crazy in there, but we still have got to play the same type of fearless approach.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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