In a complete effort, Ty Lawson finished with 16 points and added 14 assists and 7 rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets take down the Oklahoma City Thunder, 101-88. This is the fourth victory in a row for Denver (18-17).
Lawson went 6-15 from the field, including 2-4 on 3-point attempts. He tallied 3 steals as well. Kevin Durant had another big game for Oklahoma City in the loss, putting up 30 points on 7-18 shooting (1-7 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 15-16 from the free throw line.
The clash of top-tier defenses was won by Denver. They rank fifth in the NBA in defensive efficiency this season (112.18), and held Oklahoma City to just .88 points per possession. The Thunder posted an eFG% of just 38.8%, including 25.0% from 3-point range. This year, they are 2-3 when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Nuggets are undefeated (6-0) when holding their opponents to such low percentages.
This drops Oklahoma City (27-9) to 2-1 versus Denver on the season.
Coming up, the Nuggets square off with the Orlando Magic, who are 10-25 on the season. The Thunder meet the Milwaukee Bucks, currently sitting at 7-27 this year. The Thunder are 1-0 versus Milwaukee this season.
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