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Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat played long ago

By John Rohde Published: March 19, 2013

Denver reserve forward Wilson Chandler suffered a slight left shoulder separation and did not return. Starting point guard Ty Lawson re-aggravated an Achilles injury.

WHY NOT?

Russell Westbrook will hold his third annual WHY NOT? Foundation bowling event on April 1 at AMF Boulevard Lanes in Edmond.

It will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. and will include open bowling, contests and a silent auction.

For ticket pricing, contact Ian Grutman at (305) 531-5656 or ian@engineshopagency.com. For further information, contact Tammy Brook at (212) 841-2806 or tammy@fyipr.com.

Westbrook founded his WHY NOT? Foundation in 2012 to inspire the lives of children who are at-risk, experiencing hardship, low-income and poor academic performance. The foundation is dedicated to supporting community based education and family service programs while encouraging youth to believe in themselves despite adversity.

TIP-INS

The Thunder saw its 20-game home-court winning streak against Western Conference teams snapped and is now 21-2 against the West at home for the season. The other loss was against Memphis on Nov. 14. … OKC was outscored 72-50 in the paint by Denver and 19-11 in second-chance points. … Three-time scoring champ Kevin Durant had 34 points, but struggled with six turnovers and went 0 for 6 from 3-point range, marking the 10th time this season he failed to convert a 3-pointer. … Rev. Jesse Jackson attended the game.

QUOTABLE

Karl on reserve point guard Andre Miller, who turned 37 Tuesday and finished with 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds: “He's a coach and a teacher and a veteran and he does it every day in a classy way, in a very quiet way. And then he can do what he did tonight, take the most talented team maybe in the NBA and be the best player on the court for the last six minutes of the game.”


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