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Durant and Westbrook Lead the Thunder to Game Seven Win

     The second game of the night came with low expectations of being a good game. Zach Randolph was suspended for game 7 for punching Steven Adams in the face, and this seemed like the final blow to the Grizzlies.


       However, in the first quarter, the Grizzlies looked like they did not even need Randolph. After starting out with a deficit of 14-9, the Grizzlies went on a 27-13 run to end the first. Through the run, it was the Thunder forcing the ball too much, and the Grizzlies playing efficient, great basketball.


       OKC ended the first with 7 turnovers (4 from Westbrook, 3 from Durant), shooting well, but not getting as many chances from the turnovers! On the other hand, the Grizzlies were taking advantage of the Thunder's mistakes. Memphis had 12 points off turnovers, had 10 assists, and Marc Gasol scored 13 points! Memphis had flipped the switch and was actually winning 36-27 at the end of the first.


      The beginning of the second quarter showed the same, as Memphis held a 10 point lead 4 minutes into the second. However, around the 8 minute mark, Durant and Westbrook entered the game, and the game started to change. The Thunder went on a 10-0 run, with Durant and Westbrook both scoring 4 points on the run. Memphis offense flipped back to reality, as they shot 0-7, with 2 turnovers. 


      Through the rest of the quarter, Memphis and OKC went back and forth with small runs, but it was the Thunder that were able to finish the half strong. The Thunder did not have one turnover in the second quarter, after the 9 minute mark, and their two stars finished the half with 34 total points. Memphis, on the other hand, scored nearly one half as many points in the second compared to the first. At the end of the first, the Thunder were up 61-58. 


      In the third, the Thunder continued to play great, while Memphis fell back down to reality. OKC went on a 17-5 run to open the 3rd, Durant scored 8 of the 17, and Memphis was struggling to find a scorer. The run led to a 15 point lead for OKC, Marc Gasol shaking his head, and Chesapeake Arena was going crazy. The Thunder controlled the rest of the third quarter and went into the 4th leading 94-81. 


       From there, the Thunder did not play around with the lead and pushed the lead to 17 points halfway through the 4th. Memphis was unable to counter the scoring of Durant and Westbrook, and on defense, they were unable to stop either stars. Randolph's absence was a major part of the loss, but Tony Allen and Mike Conley's inability to contain the stars, was the main reason for the blow out. With or without Randolph, the Grizzlies cannot win with both stars on fire. At the end of the day, Durant ended with 33npoints and Westbrook had a monster triple double of 27 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds. Anyways, the Grizzlies did not play their usual defense (Thunder shot 61% from floor), and for this, lost in blowout fashion to the Thunder. 


      Now, the Oklahoma City Thunder will be facing off against the winner of Clippers and Warriors, and either way, the series will be great. Congratulations OKC, sorry Z-Bo and the Grizzlies. 


Final Score: 120-109

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