Can the Denver Nuggets turn the series around after Thunder's Game 2 rout?

BY JOHN ROHDE Staff Writer jrohde@opubco.com Published: April 20, 2011

In Game 1, Kevin Durant exploded for 41 points and Russell Westbrook added 31 for the Thunder.

In Game 2, both finished with far more reasonable totals, but had much more support from teammates.

Durant had 23 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Westbrook had 21 points, seven assists and four rebounds, but also seven turnovers.

“We were doing basically the same thing,” Gallinari said of trying to defend Durant. “We were just trying to be aggressive on him and tried to not give him freedom to play or to think.”

Denver forward Wilson Chandler said the difference in Durant and Westbrook was “they shared the ball and everybody made shots. They distributed it somewhere.”

The series moves to Denver for two straight games. The Nuggets now have a chance to hold serve at home, but that doesn't guarantee the series will be 2-2 headed back to OKC next Wednesday.

“It's more than that (having home court),” Chandler said. “We still got to come out and play. They beat us at home during the regular season.”

The Nuggets are 33-8 at home this season.

“I like our chances in Denver,” Harrington said. “We just need to get back home. I'm excited to get back home, get some home cooking and kind of get our feel back.”

Could one Nuggets victory bring a halt to the Thunder's confidence?

“I don't know if it would end it, but it would definitely help,” Chandler said. “The momentum will be on our side.”

In NBA playoff history, teams with a 2-0 lead have won the series 94 percent of the time, but the Nuggets haven't surrendered yet.

“A lot of basketball to play,” Gallinari said.


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