Playing before a boisterous home crowd, Kevin Durant scored 33 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 120-109 win Saturday night over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 7 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.
Russell Westbrook added a triple-double - 27 points, 16 assists, and 10 rebounds - to overcome a furious start by the Grizzlies, who rushed out to a 36-27 lead in the first quarter. It was Westbrook's second triple-double in the last three games.
Marc Gasol's 24 points led Memphis, which was playing without leading scorer Zach Randolph because of a suspension.
Pacers 92, Hawks 80 - Paul George scored a playoff career-high 30 points and Roy Hibbert finally came up big to lead Indiana past visiting Atlanta in Game 7 of their series.
With the win, Indiana staved off elimination for the second time in three days. The Pacers will face the Wizards in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Blazers ground Rockets
In a late game Friday night in Portland, the upstart Trail Blazers eliminated the Rockets in dramatic fashion: winning 99-98 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by guard Damian Lillard that propelled the Blazers to the Western Conference semifinals for the first time in 14 years.
"That's definitely the biggest shot of my life," he said, adding with a smile: "So far."
Portland, making its first playoff appearance since 2011, had been eliminated in the first round in its last six trips, and hadn't advanced to the second round since 2000.
ESPN: Durant is MVP
Thunder forward Kevin Durant is poised to collect his first league MVP trophy, sources told ESPN on Saturday. Durant led the league in scoring with 32 points per game.
NBA to run the Clippers
The NBA said Saturday it will appoint a chief executive officer to supervise the Clippers' operations.
On Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life for racist comments made on an audio recording, fined him $2.5 million, and urged league owners to force him to sell the team.
"The best way to ensure the stability of the team during this difficult situation is to move quickly and install a CEO to oversee the Clippers organization," said NBA spokesman Mike Bass.