“Russell gave us some offense when we needed it,” Brooks said. “We didn't have a lot going, and Russell has the ability to attack the rim and get to the basket and make shot. He kept us in the game.”
Kevin Durant had 22 points, but shot just 6 for 18 from the field, including 1 for 9 in the second half. He is a combined 14 for 42 (.333) during the two-game losing streak.
“It's unfortunate,” Brooks said of Durant's shooting. “He's a shot-maker. It wasn't his night, but the one thing I love about KD he accepts that and takes full responsibility that he didn't make shots and comes back the next night with great energy.”
Denver is no slouch at home, with or without a baby blizzard, and upped its mark to 19-4, the second-best home record in the Western Conference behind San Antonio (23-2).
The Thunder was done in by a 35-point explosion from Carmelo Anthony, who might have been the happiest man in the building after learning earlier in the day the New Jersey Nets had decided to “walk away” from any potential trades with the superstar.
“He's a terrific player one-on-one and we had no answers for him,” Brooks said.
The Nuggets have now won four of their last five.
“We got beat by a good team,” Brooks said. “The Nuggets are healthy now and they're playing good basketball. It was a game that could have been anybody's game. They made a few more stops than we did and I thought that won the game.”