Oklahoma City 97, Denver 94

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, April 23, 2011 10:00 PM
Location - Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Officials - #42 Eric Lewis, #23 Jason Phillips, #9 Derrick Stafford
Attendance - 19958

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Oklahoma City 26 30 15 26 97
Denver 31 18 24 21 94

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Oklahoma City 55-27 30-11 25-16 W3
Denver 50-32 33-8 17-24 L4

Recap


Kevin Durant had 26 points and Russell Westbrook added 23 as Oklahoma City took a stranglehold on its Western Conference first-round series with Denver on Saturday, holding off the host Nuggets 97-94.

With Denver trailing by seven in the closing moments, J.R. Smith buried a 3-pointer to make it 95-91 with 23.3 seconds left. Westbrook missed both free throws on the Thunder's next possession and Smith hit another 3 to cut the deficit to one.

A Serge Ibaka dunk restored the Thunder's three-point edge, and Smith's game-tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer was off as Oklahoma seized a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Thunder can complete the sweep with a victory in Game 4 on Monday night.

Ibaka finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds while Westbrook narrowly missed a triple-double as he added nine rebounds and eight assists.

Smith, Nene and Kenyon Martin led the way with 15 points apiece for the Nuggets, who couldn't hit shots down the stretch until Smith's last-minute long-range barrage.

Down seven at the half, the Nuggets rallied by getting the Thunder into foul trouble in the third. Six Denver free throws - the first coming on a Westbrook technical foul - trimmed the deficit to three, and Smith buried his first of four 3-pointers to draw Denver even. Chris Anderson added two more free throws with 59 seconds left as the Nuggets entered the fourth up by two.

Durant and Westbrook shook off the miserable third quarter, pouring in eight straight points to give Oklahoma City an 81-76 edge with eight minutes remaining. Durant showed his skills on the defensive end later in the quarter, blocking an Arron Afflalo jumper - despite having five fouls - to preserve the Thunder lead.

Top Game Performances

Oklahoma City   Denver
Kevin Durant 26 Scoring Kenyon Martin 15
Russell Westbrook 8 Assists Raymond Felton 4
Serge Ibaka 16 Rebounds Nene 10
Russell Westbrook 11 Free Throws Made Chris Andersen 7
James Harden 2 Steals Chris Andersen 1
Serge Ibaka 4 Blocks Nene 3

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Oklahoma City 97 36.2 6-21 33-43 17 49 9 5 11
Denver 94 37.2 6-23 30-45 18 43 6 4 13

Upcoming Games

  • Denver will play their next game at home against Oklahoma City. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .560 after a win and .688 after a loss.
  • Oklahoma City will play their next game on the road against Denver . The Thunder have a W/L % of .618 after a win and .778 after a loss.
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