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.