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Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant scored 24 points, Russell Westbrook had 23 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-handed Denver Nuggets 103-90 on Thursday night.
James Harden scored 18 off the bench for the Thunder, who bounced back from a loss to Houston at home Monday night.
Andre Miller had 17 to lead the Nuggets, who played the game while a trade sending Nene to Washington for JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf was finalized.
Denver signed Nene to a new five-year, $67 million contract in December. He was averaging 13.4 points and 7.4 rebounds in an injury-plagued season. But the recent play of rookie forward Kenneth Faried made Nene expendable.
The Nuggets, who are in the thick of the playoff chase again this season, are a team without a superstar. Instead, coach George Karl relies on his superior depth to wear teams down and McGee figures to help in that regard.
Nuggets vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri said the team plans to waive Turiaf.
Without Nene, the Nuggets didn't have enough to stay with the Thunder in the second half Thursday.
Trailing by one, Durant asserted himself to start the third quarter. He scored nine points to help the Thunder surge past the cold-shooting Nuggets. His fast-break dunk with 4:08 left in the third gave Oklahoma City a 68-57 lead.
Harden followed with a dunk and Westbrook drained a 3-pointer to put the Thunder ahead 73-59 before Denver cut the deficit to eight late in the period.
A 3-pointer by Daequan Cook, his third of the game, made it 78-65 heading into the fourth.
Nick Collison scored all six of his points early in the final period and Harden hit a long 3-pointer to push the lead to 90-72 with 7:04 left.
The Thunder took a 14-point lead early in the second quarter on the strength of hot shooting. Oklahoma City hit 57 percent of its shots in the first quarter.
Down 44-32 midway through the period, Denver rallied. Danilo Gallinari hit two 3-pointers to spur a 19-3 run that gave Denver a 51-47 lead late in the first half. Westbrook hit three free throws in the final 46 seconds to pull the Thunder to within 51-50 at the break.
Notes: Ujiri said the team hopes to sign restricted free agent Wilson Chandler to a contract in the next few days. ... Nuggets forward Al Harrington went to the locker room midway through the fourth quarter favoring his left leg. He did not return to the bench.
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OKLAHOMA CITY The moment Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks hesitated, the answer was obvious.
Maybe he was just considering how to word his answer. Give him the benefit of the doubt, and you could make the case Brooks was being deliberate. A thinking man.
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Yes, the stories keep on coming in!! This time, there are many reports that the Denver Nuggets and Wilson Chandler are “very close” to agreeing to a long-term deal. The Denver Nuggets are closing in on a long-term deal with restricted free agent Wilson Chandler, according to sources with knowledge of the talks. Sources said [...]
The Oklahoma City Thunder faced off against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. Kevin Durant had a nasty dunk over Al Harrington. The Thunder took this one. I’m hoping the two meet up in the playoffs. video via Hoops Mixtape
Corey Brewer has been an unsung hero in Denver all season long. It’s kind of funny that you never hear a word about him, because, statistically speaking, he’s actually having his second-best NBA campaign to date. However, his contributions (which include 10 points and a steal in just 22 minutes) tend to get lost in the shuffle. Denver has depth like few other teams, and...
By now, if you are a Denver Nuggets fan, you are aware that JaVale ”I want 14 milly a year” McGee is a Denver Nugget. JaVale was part of a three-team trade that sent Nene to Washington and JaVale to Denver, among other players. While, JaVale is FAR from having a high basketball IQ, he isn’t what the media portrays him to [...]
Per an article on GUYISM.com.
Kevin Durants days in Seattle are long behind him and now so is his Mercer Island home. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar is selling his spacious Seattle area home for $2.799 million dollars.
Some of the features:
-5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms
-home theater room
-modern security system
-Outdoor sauna with television
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OKC Thunder guard James Harden has his own very unique style. Snoop Dogg has sustained success by doing things his own way as well…So it makes sense these two trendsetters are friendly. What’s the NBA’s marijuana policy again? -TO
Durant and James Harden Double Team Kate Upton
Durant New Song Worried About Tomorrow
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In honor of JaVale’s shocking trade to the Nuggets, here’s a compilation of JaVale’s best (or worst, depending on if you’re a Wizard’s fan or not) moments in the NBA. Enjoy!
The Western Conference-leading Oklahoma City Thunder's latest defeat could be their most discouraging of the season.
Their victory over the Denver Nuggets last month was perhaps their most satisfying.
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The Nuggets and Wilson Chandler are close to an agreement on a contract worth more than $30 million over five seasons.