Kevin Durant scored a game-high 33 points with eight rebounds, two assists, and a block to help lead the Thunder onto the second round with a 120-109 Game 7 win over the Grizzlies.
Durant was magnificent in Saturday's win over the Grizzlies, reaching the 30-point plateau for the fifth time in Oklahoma City's opening series. He is now averaging 29.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 blocks over his last seven games. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Javier Baez was in the middle of a nasty collision Friday at second base while trying to turn a double play. It looked bad enough manager Joe Maddon was a bit nervous Baez may have suffered a serious injury.
Baez will be fine, but it was indeed a scary moment for the Cubs. Kole Calhoun took Baez out on a double play, but instead of him sliding into his feet, due to the position that Baez was in, he was drilled in the midsection by Calhoun's elbow. As Maddon accurately put it, he "got smoked." Being Joe Maddon, he of course added in that "I loved it." Initially Maddon feared that Baez was seriously injured as he writhed in pain on the ground, but the former top prospect, who is just 22, will be fine and even singled in singled in a later at bat. He is a risky fantasy proposition, who may not even make the Opening Day squad, but his upside is ridiculous. Analysis: Ben Diamond