Sunday's Game 7 capped a remarkable series between two teams that seemingly gave everything they had.
Durant scored 39 points, and Russell Westbrook became the fifth NBA player to record a triple-double in a Game 7.
"Durant came back after a sub-par game and showed the heart of a champion," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. "And Westbrook just played outstanding."
"That wasn't me at all in Game 6. I was so upset with myself that I kind of let my guys down by not playing my game," Durant said. "No matter what, if I was shooting bad in Game 6, as long as I was aggressive. I wasn't aggressive at all. This game, that's what I told myself: `Come in aggressive, start the game off aggressive."'
Gasol, meanwhile, had an off game. The Spaniard center scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
In 37 minutes, he had two blocks, but also committed two turnovers.
Greivis Vásquez, for his part, only played seven minutes. He scored five points and dished two assists, but he, too, turned the ball over twice.
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.