Hollins wasn't smiling after Saturday's loss to the Thunder.
"We missed him. It's tough to fill his shoes," Green said as Durant sat across the locker room holding a set of crutches. "We had guys to step up and play big for us."
Durant, the league's fourth-leading scorer at 26 points a game, was out because of a right ankle sprain suffered in the first quarter of Friday night's 110-108 overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks. He's listed day to day.
"That's something we have to do with Kevin out," Westbrook said of the offensive production from Krstic and Sefolosha. "We've got to step up our game and get everyone involved. Make it a team game."
Oklahoma City led by 12 with 7:25 left before Memphis cut into the advantage, eventually getting within 95-92 when Mayo hit one of two free throws with 18.1 second left. But Memphis couldn't overtake the Thunder, primarily because Westbrook hit six of his eight free throws in the final 3:17.
"That's the best part. We finished it off," Green said. "We kept our composure. At the end, we got the stops we needed. That's what counts."
Memphis didn't help its situation with trouble from the free-throw line, shooting 63 percent (19-for-30).
Both teams shot well from the field early. Memphis was hitting at a 60 percent clip, but the Thunder hit nine of their first 10 shots for an early 13-point lead.
Sixteen of the Thunder's 29 first-quarter points were in the paint. Hollins said that was reflective of a lack of energy and enthusiasm.
"I thought at the start of the game, we didn't have either one, and I finally had a group that played a little bit," Hollins said of trying to find the right combination. "That has been a struggle, trying to get the start of the game with higher energy, higher effort."
The slow start led to the Grizzlies failing to reach 20 points in the opening stanza for the 21st time this season. Memphis has only won once when it doesn't score at least 20 to in the first quarter.
And if the scoring wasn't bad enough, Memphis was throwing the ball all over the place with wild passes, even after good plays. The 10 turnovers led to 15 first-half points for Oklahoma City.
"We gave them too many easy layups," Conley said. "There was too much penetration by their guards. They were shooting 90 percent at one point just because of their layups. They were making a lot of easy plays."
Hollins also noted that the 17 Memphis turnovers, leading to 25 Oklahoma City points in the game was a big problem.
"When they are running on our turnovers, it really hurts us," Hollins said. "We can't guard turnovers. We have to learn how to take care of the ball better, be sharper in our execution."
The Thunder, who led 56-45 at halftime, continued to maintain a double-digit lead through the early minutes of the third quarter, the advantage eventually reaching 15. Memphis would chip away, cutting it to 64-58 when Conley stole the ball and scored on a layup.
But Oklahoma City scored 10 straight to get the lead back to double digits before carrying a 77-61 advantage into the final period. Then, the Thunder weathered the last-minute rally by Memphis to escape with a win while playing without their biggest offensive weapon.
"We know that without Kevin, we have to step it up," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said, adding: "It was a total team effort. Everybody contributed."
|Russell Westbrook struggles from the field (5-for-17) but sinks 15 free throws to finish with 25 points. (AP)|
|Oklahoma City (14-45) «||29||27||21||22||99|
|OKC:J. Green 27 Pts
OKC:T. Sefolosha 11 Reb
OKC:R. Westbrook 7 Ast
|MEM:R. Gay 20 Pts
MEM:M. Gasol 9 Reb
MEM:M. Conley 4 Ast
|Players of the Game|
|T. Sefolosha, SG||41||5-13||5-7||11||3||1||15|
|R. Westbrook, PG||41||5-17||15-17||4||7||3||25|
|J. Green, SF||40||8-20||8-9||10||2||2||27|
|K. Weaver, SG||39||3-7||1-2||2||1||2||8|
|N. Krstic, C||26||5-8||0-0||3||0||5||10|
|N. Collison, C||29||4-9||0-0||9||3||4||8|
|R. Swift, C||13||2-4||0-0||3||0||2||4|
|E. Watson, PG||10||1-3||0-1||0||1||1||2|
|M. Rose, PF||Did Not Play|
|J. Smith, PF||Did Not Play|
|C. Atkins, PG||Did Not Play|
|D. Mason, SF||Did Not Play|
|D. Wilkins, SG||Did Not Play|
|K. Durant, SF||Did Not Play|
|D. White, PF||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|
|O. Mayo, SG||39||7-17||3-4||5||3||3||18|
|M. Conley, PG||34||7-15||3-4||6||4||6||17|
|R. Gay, SG||33||7-14||5-6||7||1||3||20|
|M. Gasol, C||27||1-3||0-3||9||1||1||2|
|D. Arthur, PF||16||6-7||1-2||3||0||3||13|
|G. Buckner, SG||21||2-3||2-2||3||3||3||6|
|D. Milicic, PF||21||3-3||1-5||5||0||3||7|
|Q. Ross, SF||19||1-4||0-0||2||0||2||3|
|H. Warrick, PF||17||1-3||0-0||4||2||1||2|
|M. Jaric, SF||13||0-4||4-4||0||3||3||4|
|D. Miles, SF||1||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0|
|A. Foyle, C||Did Not Play|
|C. Mihm, C||Did Not Play|
|M. Wilks, PG||Did Not Play|
|H. Haddadi, C||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|