Kevin Durant put up 30 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the Denver Nuggets, 105-93. Oklahoma City (20-4) is now on a seven-game winning streak, dating back to a 109-95 win against New Orleans Pelicans on December 6th.
Durant went 11-23 from the field (2-4 on 3-pointers) and 6-7 from the free throw line. Other top contributors for Oklahoma City included Russell Westbrook with 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Despite the loss, J.J. Hickson scored 20 points for Denver on 7-13 shooting from the field and 6-9 from the free throw line. He also added 14 rebounds. Ty Lawson contributed 17 points and 13 assists and Kenneth Faried finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds.
The Nuggets posted an eFG% of just 44.3%, including 26.3% from 3-point range. This year, they are 1-2 when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Thunder are undefeated (4-0) when holding their opponents to such low percentages.
This drops Denver (14-10) to 0-2 against Oklahoma City on the year.
Coming up, the Thunder square off against the Chicago Bulls, who are 9-14 on the season. The Nuggets match up against the Phoenix Suns, currently sitting at 14-9 this year. The Nuggets are 0-1 versus Phoenix this season.