Does everyone feel at least a little bit better about a potential Thunder-Nuggets playoff series now?
OK, so it doesn’t necessarily have to mean anything that Oklahoma City has beaten Denver twice in a week, once on each team’s home floor, just as a potential playoff series between them approaches. But most folks would probably feel a lot worse about things if the Thunder dropped both games, or even one. Instead, Oklahoma City thumped the Nuggets 104-89 at home on Friday night to pair with a win on the road Tuesday.
After recovering from an 8-0 Denver run to start the game, the Thunder were rarely troubled by the Nuggets despite finishing an ugly first quarter in a 17-17 tie. Oklahoma City was led largely by reserves on a 20-4 run to seize control in the second quarter, although Denver would whittle the lead to as few as three later in the game. It just never seemed like the Thunder was much at risk of losing the game.
The bad news for the Nuggets is they got thumped with the Thunder’s starting five not shooting particularly well from the field. Kevin Durant was a relatively pedestrian 9 of 21 from the floor, but added 8 of 10 from the stripe to finish with 28 points. The starters as a unit shot only 23 of 56, and the Nuggets would probably have taken that on the spot if you offered it to them before the game. But they couldn’t capitalize on some rather sloppy play in stretches by the OKC starters and looked relatively unfocused themselves. Keep Reading…