Thunder halt skid with win over Grizzlies

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Mar 01 2014 03:56 PM | Updated as of Mar 02 2014 12:15 AM

Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) is fouled by Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen (9) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant scored 30 of his 37 points in the second half on Friday as the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped a three-game skid with a 113-107 NBA win over Memphis.

Russell Westbrook scored 21 points and handed out six assists, and Serge Ibaka contributed 16 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who won for the first time since Westbrook returned from knee surgery.

Mike Miller scored all 19 of his points in the fourth quarter and Zach Randolph added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have now lost three straight.

Memphis trailed by as many as 19 in the third quarter, and were 16 down -- 87-71 -- going into the final frame.

Kosta Koufos scored six points in a 13-4 Memphis scoring run that saw the Grizzlies pull within 103-99 with 3:44 to play.

A jump shot from Durant was followed by a three-pointer from Memphis' James Johnson that narrowed the deficit to 105-102 with 2:29 remaining, but the Grizzlies would get no closer.


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