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OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant scores 38, Russell Westbrook 30 as Thunder escape Nuggets

Oklahoma City comes back to beat Denver after trailing by 12 points entering the fourth quarter.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: November 18, 2013

Kevin Durant snared a kick-out pass from Serge Ibaka at the top of the 3-point line, rocked back and fired, letting off another long-ranged bomb that looked identical to his previous four.

The only difference was this one splashed through the net, and when it did, Durant unveiled a never-before-seen move. He posed to admire his 3-pointer, leaning back ever so slightly before capping his celebration with a shimmy of his shoulders.

“That was a ‘Finally' shimmy,” said Russell Westbrook.

“Finally, I made a shot,” Durant explained. “I had, like, three wide open 3s that rimmed in and out for me. And I just wanted to hit a big shot for my team. I guess that's the only thing that came to mind.”

Durant's big bucket came with 1:26 remaining Monday. It put the Thunder ahead by three, and fittingly, finally gave OKC the elusive breathing room needed to escape with a 115-113 win over Denver inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Durant scored 13 of his game-high 38 points in the fourth quarter, and Westbrook chipped in 11 of his 30 points in the final period to help the Thunder overcome a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit.

After Kenneth Faried split a pair of free throws, Westbrook put the Thunder ahead by four, its largest lead of the night, when he blew by Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson and froze J.J. Hickson with a gorgeous in-and-out dribble that freed him for a layup with 22.3 seconds remaining.

From there, the Thunder closed out the Nuggets at the foul line, where OKC made five of six in the final 15 seconds.

But in many ways, the Thunder stole this one. It was a game the team had no business being in, but ultimately it became another in the early going this season that OKC found a way to pull out.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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