Thunder look like new West favorites

Saturday, their combined line looked like this: 22-of-34 shooting, 18 rebounds, 18 assists and 60 points. The points are the irrelevant part, they always get points, but the efficiency and the togetherness was devastating.

Some of it was coming -- Durant had been an untenable 4-of-29 from 3-point range over the previous five games, so his 5-of-5 felt just. After taking 37 3-pointers in Games 2 through 5, Westbrook took a total of four in Games 6 and 7. Not surprisingly, he got better results and made both tries Saturday.

"When you're the opposing coach and you're looking at the [low] shooting percentages they'd been putting up, you know what is coming," Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said. "We just didn't have enough."

Desperate without Randolph and unsure how much Conley could give, Joerger changed his lineup and started Allen and put Mike Miller in Randolph's spot. Then he went down the bench and promoted little-used Jon Leuer, giving him 20 minutes.

Conley was fantastic despite clearly being limited, putting up an admirable 20 points with nine assists. Marc Gasol had his best offensive game in the series, scoring 24. Putting up 109 points in regulation is a dream night for Memphis and it didn't even matter.

This has been such a fragile season for the Thunder as they dealt with Westbrook's two knee setbacks and seemed to go from awesome to average week to week. If the awesomeness carries over, especially when it comes to the Durant-Westbrook dynamic, they will be an absolute monster.

It's hard to say if it lasts. That uncertainty factor is right up there with the health of Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul, the mental makeup of the Indiana Pacers and the stamina of the San Antonio Spurs' big three as the cruxes of the entire postseason.

But the Thunder have it now and couldn't been better positioned to keep it, getting the Los Angeles Clippers at home within 48 hours.

"Memphis did a great job of mixing things up and making things tough for myself and Kevin," Westbrook said. "We've got our minds right now."

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