Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/20/13
DENVER - Kenneth Faried finished with 16 points and made a go-ahead layup late in overtime as the Denver Nuggets held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-118 on Sunday night. Kevin Durant scored a game-high 37, and Russell Westbrook had 36 points and nine assists for the Thunder, who were trying to win for their grieving coach, Scott Brooks, who led his team with a heavy heart after the passing of this mother, Lee Brooks, on Saturday night. The Thunder almost came through after trailing by double digits in the fourth quarter but couldn't hold off Denver. Oklahoma City led by one in overtime before Faried hit a layup with 46 seconds left. Durant missed a 3-pointer at the other end but Faried missed two free throws with 10 seconds left. The Thunder called a timeout to set up a play, but an illegal screen on Nick Collison gave the Nuggets the ball. Andre Miller hit two free throws with five seconds left. Denver fouled Durant before he could get up a shot, and he hit two free throws to cut it to one. Wilson Chandler was fouled and sank both of his foul shots to regain the three-point margin. Durant missed a 3-pointer, but Westbrook got the rebound. He was stripped by Corey Brewer to seal the win and send the Thunder to their first loss in the last six games. Brewer had 26 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, to lead Denver, which snapped a two-game skid. The Thunder trailed by 11 with three minutes left in regulation before storming back. Down 107-96, they scored 10 straight to cut it to one. After two free throws by Danilo Gallinari with 43 seconds left, Westbrook hit a long 3-pointer to tie it with 22 seconds left. Denver couldn't get a shot off before the end of the period, sendin the game to overtime. The Nuggets led 51-50 at halftime despite a combined 30 points from Westbrook and Durant. NOTES: Thunder executive vice president and general manager Sam Presti also released a statement on behalf of the team regarding the passing of Brooks' mother. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Scott and his family as they mourn the loss of his mother, Lee. Over the years we have come to learn of the tremendous woman that she was; her love and dedication to family, her work ethic, her perseverance and the impact that she had on Scott. Clearly she was an incredible individual who we all came to admire in getting a small glimpse of her life. The entire Thunder organization supports Scott during this very difficult time."... The Nuggets entered Sunday having allowed their past three opponents to shoot better than 50 percent from the field. In the 20 games prior to that, their opponents shot under 50 percent. Oklahoma City is third in the league in field-goal percentage at .477. ... The Nuggets, who had 21 turnovers in Wednesday's loss to the Thunder, had seven in the first quarter Sunday.
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