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Grizzlies blown out at home in Game 6

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook didn't change a thing.

Their two-prong offensive attack was emphatic Thursday night and added up to the Oklahoma City Thunder forcing a Game 7.

Durant had 36 points and Westbrook added 25 in leading the Thunder to a 104-84 Game 6 victory over the Grizzlies in FedExForum.

The Thunder were the aggressors all night in avoiding elimination. The deciding game in the best-of-seven, first-round series is Saturday night in Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Memphis looked out of sorts most of the night. The Grizzlies struggled to execute on offense, make shots and with their composure. The Griz came out passive and then their frustration over the officiating never allowed them to establish a rhythm.

The Griz shot just 37.3 percent, and their big men were the only ones to provide solid production among the starters. Marc Gasol's 17 points led the Griz, who also got 16 points and eight rebounds from Zach Randolph. The rest of the starters combined to shoot 4 of 18 from the field.

Adding to Memphis' concerns was Mike Conley having to depart in the third quarter with a right hamstring strain. He returned in the fourth quarter but left again and couldn't continue.

The Thunder arrived as advertised -- like a desperate team looking to save its season by making sure a return home would include a game and not of an upset loss.

Durant, the NBA's presumptive Most Valuable Player, set the tone early and continued his scoring prowess late into the fourth quarter. He made 11 of 23 shots and converted 14 of 15 free throws.

The Griz began the second half missing their first six shots before Gasol scored on a running hook shot along the baseline. The basket cut Memphis' deficit to 18 points. But Westbrook quickly responded with a pair of free throws that put the Thunder back ahead by 20.

The Thunder took a 56-41 lead into halftime.

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