MVP candidate Kevin Durant scored 27 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past a depleted Memphis Grizzlies team Thursday night, 106-87.
Player physicals prevented the Rudy Gay trade from being finalized in time for the start of the Western Conference match up, meaning the Grizzlies were without newcomers Tayshaun Prince, Ed Davis and Austin Daye.
With only nine active players available, the Grizzlies shot a miserable 25 percent in the first half.
Russell Westbrook added 21 points and nine assists, with 16 of his points coming in a first half in which the Thunder shot 61 percent.
The Grizzlies got a good game from Jerryd Bayless, as the back up point guard scored 23 points in the losing effort.
Meanwhile, Zach Randolph had trouble scoring, as he had just nine points after missing his first ten shot attempts. However, he did grab 19 rebounds, 11 of them offensive.
The Grizzlies trailed by as much as 26 points in the third quarter before a mini-implosion by the Thunder that featured Westbrook getting benched after a dust-up with his teammates.
It didn't prove costly enough, as Memphis was only able to pull within 10 before the Thunder regained control.
The Grizzlies, now 29-16, get right back into it as they host the Washington Wizards Friday night at FedExForum.