Monday, 16 May 2011

Thunder oust Grizzlies to advance in NBA playoffs - AFP

Posted by chardyboy on Monday, May 16, 2011 0 comments

source: AFP

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma — NBA season scoring champion Kevin Durant poured in 39 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past Memphis 105-90 and into the Western Conference playoff final.

The Thunder defeated the Grizzlies four games to three in the best-of-seven second round series and advanced into the league semi-finals against the Dallas Mavericks, who will host game one on Tuesday.

"This was a physical series," Durant said. "They relied on their big fellows. That helped us a lot (preparing for Dallas). We're excited to play the next series."

Russell Westbrook added 14 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has the youngest team in the playoffs with an average age of 25.4 years per player.

"He has been doing this for us all year. Why stop now?" Durant said of Westbrook.

Durant scored 18 points in the first half to give the Thunder a 42-34 lead at half-time. Memphis pulled within three points late in the third period before the Thunder pulled away for good.

"No matter if I was shooting 10-for-30, I was going to be aggressive," said Durant. "My teammates did a great job getting me the ball and I was able to get some good shots."

James Harden added 17 points for Oklahoma city while Nick Collison grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for the Thunder.

Mike Conley led Memphis with 18 points while Zach Randolph added 17 points and 10 rebounds and O.J. Mayo contributed 14 points for the Grizzlies.


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