Thunder Stars Rise To Occasion, Even Series

Kevin Durant poured in a game high 36 points and Russell Westbrook added 25 to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 104-84 win over Memphis in Game 6 of their first round NBA Playoff series on Thursday night in Memphis, tying the series at three games apiece.

The Thunder played their best full game of the series, moving the ball and getting good shots, making 49 percent from the field.

The OKC defense was also solid, collecting 11 blocks and outrebounding the Grizzlies by 11.

Durant was in the spotlight in the game, after a day full of reaction to a controversial newspaper headling labeling KD as “Mr. Unreliable.”

KD rose to the occasion, making 11 of 23 shots and grabbing 10 rebounds.

He also was back to his old self at the free throw line, making 14 of 15 at the stripe.

OKC jumped to an early lead and led by eight after the first quarter and by 12 at halftime.

The lead grew to as many as 22 points and the Thunder coasted to the easy win, forcing a seventh and deciding game back in OKC on Saturday.

Reggie Jackson played well off the bench, scoring 16 points and making 4 of 5 from three-point range.

Caron Butler got the start at guard for OKC and scored seven points.

Thabo Sefolosha, the starter for most of the season, was benched and did not play in the game.

Westbrook added 9 rebounds and 5 assists to his 25 points.

Game 7 will be Saturday night at Chesapeake Arena, with tipoff set for 7:00 pm.