Durant scores 38 as Thunder tops Nuggets 115-113
Posted at: 11/19/2013 12:05 AM
(AP) OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant scored 38 points, Russell Westbrook had 30 points and 12 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to beat the Denver Nuggets 115-113 on Monday night.
Westbrook also had seven assists in a terrific all-around game that helped Oklahoma City erase a 14-point deficit in the second half. Reggie Jackson added 14 points.
With the score tied at 105, Serge Ibaka pulled down an offensive rebound and found Durant for a 3-pointer that put Oklahoma City (7-3) ahead to stay. Jeremy Lamb and Derek Fisher each hit a pair of free throws in the final 14 seconds to help the Thunder hold on.
Ty Lawson led Denver (4-6) with 29 points and eight assists. J.J. Hickson had 18 points and 19 rebounds
The Nuggets led the entire game except for the first 18 seconds of the first quarter and the final 1:26 of the fourth.
First-year Denver coach Brian Shaw said his team’s outside shooting had been a sore spot coming into the game, but the Nuggets connected on four of their first seven 3-point attempts. Denver shot 59 percent from the field while grabbing a 39-28 lead after the first quarter.
Oklahoma City then began the second quarter with a 10-2 run, but reserve Nate Robinson gave the Nuggets a lift with eight points that helped them to a 13-point lead.
After hitting just one of his first seven shots, Westbrook scored eight points in the second. Westbrook’s 25-footer with a second remaining in the half cut Denver’s lead to three.
Denver increased its lead to 14 in the third quarter but watched it evaporate as Oklahoma City rallied for its second straight win.
The Nuggets had five players score in double figures, but went 25 for 43 from the free-throw line. Evan Fournier had 12 points, Randy Foye scored 11 and Robinson finished with 10.
The Thunder were 26 for 32 from the line and outrebounded Denver 53-45.
NOTES: Oklahoma City was 13 for 27 from 3-point range. Westbrook and Durant each made three 3s. ... The Thunder outscored the Nuggets 32-21 in the fourth.
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