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Thunder's Durant ready for Game 7 rebound

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant had trouble sleeping, trying to shake off the worst playoff performance yet in his young NBA career.

After the league's scoring champion managed just 11 points in Oklahoma City's loss that set up Game 7 Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies, Durant woke up Saturday still thinking about what went wrong.

Durant took nine of his 14 shots from behind the arc, and he made only one basket over the last 45 minutes of the game.

"It was tough," Durant said. "That's a part of this league. It's going to happen. Especially being one of the main guys, I tend to take a lot of the pressure and put it on myself. But it is what it is. I've got to fight through it, I've got to continue to be positive around my guys and go from there."

Like most of the other players in a matchup of two of the NBA's rising young teams, Durant has never experienced a Game 7. The Thunder lost to the Lakers in six games last year, then beat Denver in five to advance this year.

The winner advances to face the Mavericks starting Tuesday night in Dallas. -- AP

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