Denver 106, Oklahoma City 101
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 8:00 PM
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
#43 Dan Crawford, #26 Pat Fraher, #42 Eric Lewis
Final Scoring Summary
NUGGETS 106, THUNDER 101: Ty Lawson scored 25 points as visiting Denver stunned Oklahoma City.
Arron Afflalo scored 15 points, Danilo Gallinari added 14 points and Kenneth Faried had 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Nuggets won their third straight game. Denver can secure sixth place in the Western Conference with a win Thursday in Minnesota or a Dallas loss in Atlanta.
Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook added 30 points and nine assists for the Thunder, which fell to 26-7 at home. Oklahoma City has already clinched second place in the West.
Oklahoma City’s Derek Fisher missed a game-tying 3-point attempt with nine seconds remaining. Lawson then hit two free throws with five seconds left to give Denver a five-point lead.
Durant finishes the regular season with a scoring average of 28 points per game. Second-place Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is at 27.9 entering Thursday’s game against the Sacramento Kings.
Durant is vying to become the first player with three consecutive scoring titles since Michael Jordan (1995-98).
The Nuggets trailed 82-80 entering the final quarter and their deficit stretched to six on a basket by Serge Ibaka with 10:49 remaining.
Afflalo started a 14-2 run with a 3-pointer, Lawson’s basket put the Nuggets ahead by two points and Faried’s layup culminated the spurt to give Denver a 94-88 advantage with 6:09 remaining.
Ibaka added 15 points for the Thunder.
Denver led 36-30 after the opening quarter and 64-58 at halftime. The Thunder nudged ahead at 70-69 midway through the third quarter on Ibaka’s hoop.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Oklahoma City sixth man James Harden (concussion) didn’t play but has been cleared to return for the NBA playoffs … Gallinari has scored in double digits in seven of nine games since returning from a thumb injury … The Thunder blocked 13 shots – including four each by Ibaka and Westbrook … Denver was just 18 of 30 from the free-throw line.
Top Game Performances
Ty Lawson 25
Kevin Durant 32
Andre Miller 6
Russell Westbrook 9
Kenneth Faried 10
Kendrick Perkins 6
Danilo Gallinari 6
||Free Throws Made
Russell Westbrook 9
Corey Brewer 2
Russell Westbrook 3
Corey Brewer 1
Serge Ibaka 4
Team Stats Summary
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