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                  === Thunder get revenge, edge Grizzlies ===
 Memphis,  TN (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Memphis Grizzlies  took advantage  of
 Russell Westbrook's torn meniscus in last year's Western Conference semifinals
 and defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games.
 Memphis, though, was the team shorthanded this time.
 Westbrook had 27 points, nine assists and six rebounds as the Thunder defeated
 the Grizzlies 116-100 on Wednesday night.
 "He  sets the tone for us and our guys do a great job following his lead," OKC
 head coach Scott Brooks said of Westbrook.
 The  Thunder defeated  the Houston Rockets in the opening round despite losing
 Westbrook in Game 2, but lost four straight in the semis after taking Game 1.
 Kevin Durant added 18 points and six rebounds for OKC, which has won 12 of its
 last 13 games. Jeremy Lamb scored 18 points off the bench in the triumph.
 Mike Conley netted 20 points to go with nine assists and Zach Randolph donated
 17  points  and eight boards  for the Grizzlies,  who continue to play without
 star center Marc Gasol due to a sprained MCL and guard Tony Allen due to a hip
 injury.  Memphis is  also missing forward Ed Davis (ankle) and swingman Quincy
 Pondexter (right foot).
 "I  thought we gave them too many easy baskets," Conley admitted. "They're too
 good  of a team offensively to give up the easy plays and I think that's where
 we kind of lost the game."
 Westbrook  netted  10 quick points  as the Thunder raced  out to a 21-11 start
 before Randolph put in six points during a 9-2 Memphis flurry to get the hosts
 within 23-20 late in the first.
 The  game was played within a five-point window from there until OKC went on a
 huge surge before the conclusion of the half.
 The  Thunder led 25-22 after a quarter of play and Westbrook capped a 15-3 OKC
 swing with a pull-up triple to make it 55-40 late in the second.
 OKC  took a 57-42 spread  into the break and led by as many as 24 in the third
 before  settling for  an  89-73 cushion  heading into  the  fourth, where  the
 Thunder coasted to the easy win.
                                   Game Notes
 Thunder  guard Andre  Roberson started in place of Thabo Sefolosha, who missed
 Tuesday's game due to a right knee sprain ... OKC shot 56.3 percent (40-of-71)
 from the floor.
 12/12 01:53:06 ET

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