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Thunder-Grizzlies: Report card on Oklahoma City's 104-84 win over Memphis

The Thunder played a pristine game – dominating from start to finish in a must-win situation. And the grades reflect that domination.
Oklahoman Published: May 1, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) smiles in front of Memphis' Tayshaun Prince (21) after a basket during Game 6 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, May 1, 2014. Oklahoma City won 104-84. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) smiles in front of Memphis' Tayshaun Prince (21) after a basket during Game 6 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, May 1, 2014. Oklahoma City won 104-84. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

National anthem: B. As a tribute to former Griz owner Michael Heisley, who died last week, the Grizzlies used a video of Heisley singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Heisley could sing a little. Alas, the audio didn’t start soon enough, so the first few words of the song were silent.

Handling Allen: B. Durant asserted himself against Tony Allen, whose defense has dominated much of this series. Durant had just four points in the first half while sharing the court with Allen but warmed up in the second half. In the 26:52 that Allen was on the court with Durant, KD made six of 13 shots and nine of 10 foul shots for 21 points. Allen actually was a bigger influence offensively, finishing with 13 points.

Tempo: A. The Thunder got the pace going to their liking. Durant and Westbrook had some runouts off Memphis turnovers, and the Thunder outscored the Grizzlies 17-5 in transition. That always helps against Memphis.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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