Thunder Vs. Grizzlies, Game 7 Score: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook Give Oklahoma City Early Lead

Much has been made about how well Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook coexist during the Thunder's Western Conference Semifinals series against the Grizzlies. In the first quarter of Game 7, they've made things work.

Durant has eight points, leading all scorers, and Westbrook follows him closely with six. That scoring has helped the Thunder take a 21-17 lead on Memphis after one quarter in Oklahoma City.

Neither team has been hugely efficient on offense: both the Thunder and Grizzlies are shooting under 35% on the day, and Durant, despite his eight points, is shooting poorly, making just two of nine field goals.

In theory, poor jump shooting would seem to favor the grinding Grizzlies, whose stifling defense has given Oklahoma City fits throughout this series. But if the Thunder shoot poorly and Memphis shoots worse, that advantage may be null and void.

Be sure to check out our Thunder vs. Grizzlies hub for full series coverage. For more on the Thunder, visit Welcome To Loud City. For more on the Grizzlies, visit Straight Outta Vancouver.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.