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.