Thunder Vs. Grizzlies, Game 7 Score: Oklahoma City Up Big Entering Fourth Quarter After Surge

In the end, it seems like it's going to be just as the script said it should be for the Thunder: Kevin Durant is firing on all cylinders, and Oklahoma City is proving its worth in front of a raucous home crowd against the Grizzlies in Game 7 of their Western Conference Semifinals series.

A late 17-4 run by the Thunder, including two Durant threes, helped Oklahoma City build a 69-53 advantage, their biggest of Game 7, before the Grizzlies rallied to cut the Thunder's lead to 69-58. James Harden's three with under five seconds left, though, pushed Oklahoma City back up by two touchdowns, at 72-58, and leaves the young Grizzlies with a deep hole entering the final quarter of Game 7.

Durant has more than responded after a subpar Game 6, and has recovered from going two-for-nine from the field in the first quarter: he's eight-for-12 from the field since, and has 31 points.

But while Durant's been more aggressive and more effective on offense on his own, he also owes something to Russell Westbrook's decision-making and patience. Westbrook's facilitated offense rather than forcing it, and he's been a hellion on the boards, too. He's very close to a triple-double, and could well be the MVP of this game without scoring even 15 points.

Memphis, on the other hand, needs a rally, and quick. No Grizzly has more than 16 points, and no Memphis starter is shooting even 50% from the field. Someone must get hot, and soon, or the Grizzlies will be departing the NBA playoffs within the hour.

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.

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