Found March 19, 2013 on
Fox Sports Southwest:
Oklahoma City Thunder
Los Angeles Clippers
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Ty Lawson scored 25 points, Andre Miller had 20 points and nine assists and the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-104 Tuesday night to win a 13th straight game for the first time since joining the NBA.
The Nuggets trailed by one at halftime but took control in the third quarter and never let Oklahoma City reclaim the lead. Denver moved within 3 games of the Thunder in the Northwest Division and became the first team this season to beat Oklahoma City three times.
It's also a big win in the chase for home-court advantage in the playoffs for Denver, which is tied with Miami for the NBA's best home record at 30-3.
Kevin Durant had 34 points and Russell Westbrook chipped in 25 for Oklahoma City, which lost at home for just the fifth time this season.
The Thunder gave up a season-worst 72 points in the paint -- Denver's specialty -- as both teams struggled throughout the game from 3-point range. The Nuggets had 66 and 60 points in the lane in wins against Oklahoma City in Denver earlier this season.
Denver's previous longest winning streak in the NBA was 12 straight games in 1982. The franchise won 15 in a row in the ABA.
The Nuggets trailed 66-65 at halftime, but took the lead on Danilo Gallinari's 3-pointer and then followed Westbrook's tying, two-handed dunk off an inbound alley-oop pass by charging ahead with a 12-2 run. Andre Iguodala's right-handed, fast-break slam -- created by Gallinari's steal -- put Denver up 80-70 midway through the third and prompted Scott Brooks' second timeout to try and end the surge.
After back-to-back Thunder baskets, the Nuggets added to their cushion with seven straight points -- a Lawson 3-pointer, a Corey Brewer jumper and then an 18-footer by Lawson -- to make it 87-74 with 2:59 left in the third.
Oklahoma City got as close as 102-97 when Westbrook hit a 17-foot jumper from the left elbow with 4:08 to play, but Miller had back-to-back jumpers as Denver answered right back with five straight points. Miller closed it out from the foul line after that.
Miller scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, hitting five of six foul shots in the final 69 seconds.
The Nuggets had six players score in double figures, getting 13 apiece from Kenneth Faried and Gallinari, 11 from Corey Brewer and 10 from Iguodala. Faried also grabbed 15 rebounds as Denver overcame a 14-6 first-quarter rebounding deficit to beat Oklahoma City 52-45 on the glass.
Wilson Chandler, who tied his career-high with 35 points in a win at Chicago a night earlier, did not return after separating his left shoulder in the fourth quarter.
Kevin Martin had 14 points off the bench for Oklahoma City and Kendrick Perkins had 11 rebounds, but did not play over the final 18 minutes as Denver build up its big rebounding edge.
The Nuggets were 4 for 21 from 3-pointer range, only slightly better than Oklahoma City's 4 for 25.
The Thunder led 38-28 early in the second after Martin's leaning basket from the right wing as the shot clock was running down. Denver took advantage of Oklahoma City's bench to score the next eight points, all on layups and a dunk, to tighten it up again.
NOTES: Nuggets coach George Karl drew a technical foul in the second quarter for complaining to official Marat Kogut after Lawson was called for his third foul against Durant's "rip move," when he swings the ball through a defender's arms. ... Denver's winning streak is the third-longest in the NBA this season, behind Miami's current 23-game run and the Los Angeles Clippers' 17-game streak. Oklahoma City won 12 straight earlier in the season. ... The Heat and San Antonio are the only other teams to beat Oklahoma City twice this season.
BEST OF MAXIM
Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee displayed his amazing athletic ability during the fourth quarter of Monday night's game against the Chicago Bulls when he jumped up so far from the rim and so high above the rim that he had to literally throw the ball down through the hoop for the basket.
McGee scored 12 points as the Nuggets won their 12th consecutive game with a 119-118...
Ty Lawson scored 25 points, Andre Miller had 20 points and nine assists and the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-104 Tuesday night to win a 13th straight game for the first time since joining the NBA.
The Nuggets trailed by one at halftime, but took control in the third quarter and never let Oklahoma City reclaim the lead. Denver moved within 3 1/2 games of the...
If anything has been established about Denver Nuggets big man JaVale McGee throughout his NBA career, it is this: On the court, he is a supremely gifted athlete and off the court, he’s something of an eccentric oddball. Actually, that’s two separate and distinct things, but let us not quibble. Instead, let us marvel at a play from Wednesday’s Nuggets-Bulls tilt, highlighted...
Danilo Gallinari looks like Oklahoma City has him bottled up, but the Denver Nuggets forward gets an assist from the backboard.
Gotta love Colorado. All the hippies, all the ganja. I went to Denver last year (not for that) and really enjoyed the city and caught a few Rockies games. That town loves their sports teams. Have you ever watched sports high? It’s awwwwwwesome. Well then again, I guess everything you like is intensified in aurae of sweeeeeet. And then if your team loses, you can just...
The Nuggets have won 13 straight games.
Andre Iguodala threw down a monster reverse alley-oop during the Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder game, check out the GIF.
While the reigning NBA champs continue to dominate the headlines, the Denver Nuggets are putting together a remarkable run of their own.
The Nuggets go for a 14th consecutive victory and 16th in a row at home Thursday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, losers of 14 straight on the road.
One night after escaping with a 119-118 overtime win at Chicago, Denver (47-22) made an even...
Mark and McNeill talked about Miami pushing their winning streak to 23 games, Amar'e Stoudemire's latest injury setback, Larry Sanders showing up the refs and the surging Denver Nuggets.
The Nuggets will be without forward Wilson Chandler and probably point guard Ty Lawson for their game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night when Denver goes for its 14th straight victory.
Chandler and Lawson were injured in the Nuggets' 114-104 win at Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. Chandler separated his left shoulder and Lawson bruised his right heel.