Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant scored 32 points and guard Russell Westbrook hit a pair of free throws with four seconds left to help the Thunder edge the Memphis Grizzlies 98-95 at FedExForum on Wednesday in a rematch of last year's Western Conference semifinals. It was Durant's third 30-point performance in three games for Oklahoma City (3-0). Forward Zach Randolph's 24 points and 12 rebounds led the Grizzlies (0-2).
The Grizzlies took just their second lead of the game at 76-75 with 9:40 to go in the fourth quarter on a 12-footer by Randolph. But Oklahoma City responded with a 14-1 scoring run over the next four minutes that included a pair of long-range bombs from Cook and two more from from Harden and Durant. When the smoke cleared, the Thunder had pushed its lead to 12 points (89-77). Oklahoma City was 5-for-7 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter.
Memphis lost point guard Mike Conley to a left ankle sprain just 24 seconds into Wednesday's game. Conley did not return and was replaced by rookie guard and former Gonzaga standout Jeremy Pargo, who finished with 15 points, seven assists, three rebounds and just one turnover.
sources: L. Jason Smith
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