Durant scores 38 as Thunder tops Nuggets 115-113

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 18, 2013 at 11:14 pm •  Published: November 18, 2013
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks knows his team can play from behind. He just doesn't want the Thunder to make a habit of it.

"We're very prideful. We're going to keep fighting to the last possession," Brooks said after watching his team pull out a come-from-behind 115-113 win at home against Denver. "That's always been a trademark but we can't just turn it on the second half. We have to correct that. It's my job to find combinations where guys are going to play with more defensive force."

Kevin Durant scored 38 points, Russell Westbrook had 30 points and 12 rebounds and the Thunder were forced to rally late to win their second straight game.

"It's tough. We can't continue to do that and put pressure on ourselves. We've got to start the game better. Most of that is my fault," Westbrook said.

Oklahoma City's All-Star point guard struggled early hitting just one of his first seven shots and just four of 12 in the first half.

But Westbrook also had seven assists and 11 fourth-quarter points to help Oklahoma City erase a 14-point deficit in the second half. Reggie Jackson added 14 points.

With the score tied at 105, Serge Ibaka pulled down an offensive rebound and found Durant for a 3-pointer that put Oklahoma City (7-3) ahead to stay. Jeremy Lamb and Derek Fisher each hit a pair of free throws in the final 14 seconds to help the Thunder hold on.

"I think Fish was a huge part of that," Brooks said. "You've got to love guys that play with everything they have. I can't say enough about his effort. His effort turned that game around."

Ty Lawson led Denver (4-6) with 29 points and eight assists. J.J. Hickson had 18 points and 19 rebounds.

The Nuggets led the entire game except for the first 18 seconds of the first quarter and the final 1:26 of the fourth.

First-year Denver Coach Brian Shaw said his team's outside shooting had been a sore spot coming into the game, but the Nuggets connected on four of their first seven 3-point attempts. Denver shot 59 percent from the field while grabbing a 39-28 lead after the first quarter.

Oklahoma City then began the second quarter with a 10-2 run, but reserve Nate Robinson gave the Nuggets a lift with eight points that helped them to a 13-point lead.

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