Balanced Thunder Attack Negates Nuggets
The Oklahoma City Thunder had six players score in double figures and used a high scoring first quater to take control on their way to a 117-96 win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night at Chesapeake Arena.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 27 points, leading the way in a 41-point first quarter for OKC, matching their season high.
The Thunder used a 28-9 run to take the lead late in the first quarter and never trailed again, leading by 14 at halftime, 17 after three quarters, and by 21 at the end.
Caron Butler scored 23 points and hit three 3-pointers, with the Thunder hitting 11 of 22 from beyond the arc.
Reggie Jackson started at point guard, with Russell Westbrook being rested on the first night of a back-to-back, and had a double-double, with 16 points and 11 assists.
Serge Ibaka added 15 points and Nick Collison 10, including just his fourth career made 3-pointer.
Steven Adams had 10 points to round out the double figure scorers.
The Thunder shot 51 percent from the field and forced 20 Nugget turnovers.
Oklahoma City improves to 52-18 on the season and will play at Dallas on Tuesday night at 7:00.