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News » THUNDER 114, GRIZZLIES 102 (OT)


Oklahoma City squandering a double-digit, fourth-quarter lead was reminiscent of early season struggles. But this is a different team.

After watching a comfortable lead evaporate down the stretch, Kevin Durant and the Thunder dominated Memphis in overtime to post a 114-102 win Wednesday night at the Ford Center.

Durant scored a game-high 35 points, compiling eight points, four rebounds and a block in the extra period.

"He knows we had a tough storm the past couple of days and wanted people to take their minds off the ice storm to enjoy five more minutes of Basketball," quipped Thunder coach Scott Brooks.

The Thunder overcame an early 14-point deficit to own the lead most of the second half. Oklahoma City led by as many as 12 points and was up 98-88 before Memphis went on a 12-2 run the final four minutes of regulation.

"We have to learn how to close these games out, but we did a good job of fighting and continuing to play hard," Durant said. "It all starts on the defensive end."

Both teams have 11 wins but traveled different paths to get there. Oklahoma City is 8-6 since New Year's Eve. Memphis has lost 11 consecutive games.

Oklahoma City is 4-1 at home the past two weeks, 5-2 since early January.

"We have the best fans in the league," said Jeff Green, who drained a career-high five 3-pointers. "They react to everything we do, a steal, a block, diving on the floor, dunks and 3-pointers. They make this a tough place to play."

Brooks said: "Our guys really like to play here. When we had a loud building early on, I knew we'd have a good home-court advantage when we started playing better."

The one negative Wednesday was Desmond Mason left the game late in the third quarter. Mason's right knee buckled when Memphis' Kyle Lowry accidentally undercut Mason, who was trying to prevent a breakaway dunk. It was diagnosed as a hyperextended knee, but the severity was unknown.

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