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Kevin Durant, Caron Butler push Thunder past Nuggets

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Reggie Jackson put up 16 points and recorded 11 assists, his second double-double of the season, to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a blowout victory over the Denver Nuggets, 117-96. The Thunder had no trouble knocking down shots in this one, going 45-89 (50.6%) from the field, including 11-22 (50.0%) from three-point range. Oklahoma City (52-18) is now on a four-game winning streak.

Jackson finished 4-6 (3-3 from three-point range) and 5-6 from the free throw line, in a solid performance. Other top contributors for Oklahoma City included Kevin Durant with 27 points and 8 assists, Serge Ibaka with 15 points and 7 rebounds, and Nick Collison with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Ty Lawson had another big game for Denver in the loss, scoring 25 points on 5-11 shooting (2-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 13-16 from the free throw line. He also tallied 7 assists. Timofey Mozgov chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds and Kenneth Faried finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Along with their eFG% of 56.7%, the Thunder connected at a rate of 50.0% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 15-4 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Nuggets are 1-8 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

This drops Denver (32-39) to 1-3 against Oklahoma City on the year.

Coming up next, the Thunder square off against the Dallas Mavericks, who are 42-29 on the year. The Nuggets go up against the San Antonio Spurs, currently 54-16 this season. The Thunder have a 1-1 record against Dallas this season. The Nuggets are 0-1 versus San Antonio this season.


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