Kevin Durant put a dazzling end to Memphis' gritty comeback.

The Grizzlies erased most of a 25-point deficit before Durant, the league's scoring champion, got hot. He scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat Memphis 100-86 on Saturday night in the opening game of their first-round playoff series.

The Thunder already was regaining control in the fourth quarter before Durant took over. He scored 11 points in a 5-minute, 21-second surge that stretched Oklahoma City's lead from seven points to 14 and put the game out of reach.

"We just stayed together," Durant said. "We made plays in the fourth quarter. The third quarter was tough for us, but we stayed together. We didn't stray away."

Russell Westbrook had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder.

Zach Randolph led Memphis with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but he made just seven of 21 shots and got into foul trouble in the second half. Mike Conley had 16 points and 11 assists, Marc Gasol scored 16 points and Tony Allen added 13 points for the Grizzlies. Memphis might have stolen the game if not for a miserable first half.

"We've got to make adjustments to get off to a better start," Randolph said. "We can't exert so much energy trying to come back from 20 points. It's the first game, we've got to stick together. We've been here before, we know what we've got to do and come out and be ready for Monday."


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Memphis shot just 36 percent from the field and made just 18 of 31 free throws.

Oklahoma City was the only home team to win on the first day of the postseason.

"We didn't want to be the leading trend on losing a home game," Westbrook said. "We're just happy we won a game. We did a great job of just coming out and hitting them first. They're a physical team and we did a great job of going by our game plan."

The Thunder nearly made it four losses for higher seeds after getting outscored 31-13 in the third quarter

"I just think as a point guard, my job is to set the tone, and I didn't do a great job of that in the third quarter, of coming out and setting the tone," Westbrook said. "I had a few bad turnovers and kind of let them get easy baskets. I've got to do a better job of that."

The Grizzlies had whittled down Oklahoma City's lead to three early in the fourth quarter before a powerful drive and jam by Caron Butler brought life back to the nervous arena and gave the Thunder a 74-69 lead with just under nine minutes to play.

Memphis' Mike Miller came back with a 3-pointer to make it a two-point game, but the Thunder responded with a 13-1 run to regain control.

Hawks 101, Pacers 93: Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Hawks ended an eight-game road losing streak in the playoffs, which dated to May 2011. Game 2 is Tuesday in Indianapolis.

Indiana, which spent the whole season working to get home-court advantage in the playoffs, wasted no time in giving it right back with a dismal third quarter. Paul George finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

As his teammates set up around the 3-point line, Teague simply blew through open lanes to the basket repeatedly. The Pacers didn't have an answer.

"It's frustrating. It's frustrating, but it's a long series," George said before explaining he believes the Pacers can regain the upper hand -- if they figure out how to defend better. "It's just one game, and that's the way we have to look at it."

Nets 94, Raptors 87: Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each had 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and Brooklyn took Game 1 of its first round series against Toronto.

Playing in his 137th career postseason game, Pierce connected on four of his five shot attempts in the fourth as the Nets kept the Raptors at bay.

"You just get that feeling, you've been in those situations a number of times," Pierce said. "I don't get rattled in the fourth quarter, down the stretch or in playoff settings. I've been in pretty much every playoff setting that you can imagine. I just try to stay calm and bring my calmness to the game."

  • Raptors G.M. Masai Ujiri used a profanity about Brooklyn in a pregame address to fans watching outside the arena. Ujiri, the NBA's reigning executive of the year, apologized in a brief news conference at halftime, saying he'd made the "wrong choice of words" and was "just trying to get our fans going."

    playoffs

    FIRST ROUND
    Saturday's games
    Brooklyn 94, Toronto 87, Brooklyn leads series 1-0
    Atlanta 101, Indiana 93, Atlanta leads series 1-0
    Oklahoma City 100, Memphis 86, Oklahoma City leads series 1-0
    Sunday's games
    Dallas at San Antonio, 10 a.m.
    Charlotte at Miami, 12:30 p.m.
    Washington at Chicago, 4 p.m.
    Portland at Houston, 6:30 p.m.

    Full series schedules on PAGE 10