The Oklahoma City Thunder took on the Denver Nuggets at home in Oklahoma City on Monday night. Although OKC was favored to win this game at home, they knew it would not come easy against a tough Nuggets team. Denver came out firing on all cylinders, jumping to a 13-point lead at one point in the second half of the game. The Nuggets led for the entire game up until the last couple minutes of the fourth quarter. The Thunder came booming back behind their star tandem in the back court, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. With the score tied at 105, Serge Ibaka grabbed an offensive rebound then dished it out to Kevin Durant. Durant then hit a three pointer that solidified the Thunder’s win with only 14 seconds left on the clock. He finished the game with an outstanding 38 points. Russell Westbrook had a terrific all-around game for OKC scoring 30 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and picking up 7 assists. Reggie Jackson also gave a solid contribution off the bench, scoring 14 points for the Thunder. For the Nuggets, Point Guard Ty Lawson had 28 points and 9 assists. Center J.J. Hickson had 18 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for Denver.
Oklahoma City advances to 7-3 on the season, while Denver falls to 4-6. This was the Thunder’s second straight win. For the Nuggets, the first year head coach Brian Shaw is still trying to figure out how to distribute the ball with so many young talented players on his team. Once the team finds their chemistry, the Denver Nuggests will be a powerful force in the Western Conference.