By: Myron Patton, FOX 25 Sports Director - bio | email
Faced with a do or die situation in their playoff series with Memphis the Oklahoma City Thunder did what they had to do to keep their season alive. The Thunder took control early and cruised to a 104-84 win to force game seven Saturday night in Oklahoma City. Whether it was the fact that the team that has led after the first quarter has won every game of this series or the headline in the Oklahoman that read "Mr Unreliable" in reference to Kevin Durant's play, Oklahoma City started the game fast. Durant hit five of his first seven shots as the Thunder led by eight after the first quarter and by 15 at the half. Durant ended the game with 35 points, which is the 14th playoff game he's hit that number. Russell Westbrook was the other big gun for OKC. He had 25 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Thunder guard Caron Butler, who has an NBA Championship as a member of the Dallas Mavericks says the start was key for both Durant and Westbrook. "They established themselves early and at the same time were assertive and they facilitated and set the table to win the game." Had the Thunder lost the game it would have been the first time since 2010 they would have been eliminated in the first round. Game seven is Saturday night in Oklahoma City. The time has not been set.