DENVER (AP) — The sudden resurgence of the Denver Nuggets has a lot to do with Randy Foye's surprising scoring punch.
Foye had a season-high 24 points and the Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-88 Thursday night for their fourth win in a row after an eight-game losing streak.
It was the second time in two games that Foye, who hit six 3-pointers, established a season high. He was coming off a 23-point effort in which he made seven 3s in Denver's victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.
"I think it's from my preparation, just understanding that every single day, no matter if I make six 3s in a game or seven, that I have to come in the next day and be ready to work," said Foye, who had struggled to find the range from beyond the arc earlier this season. "You put yourself in situations, if you work and do the right things, so that when you get in a game, nothing is foreign to you."
All that work on polishing his perimeter shot has been paying off. Foye has made 17 of 29 3-point attempts during Denver's winning streak.
His latest effort helped the Nuggets overcome Kevin Durant's 30 points as Denver beat the Thunder for the first time in three tries this season. The teams meet a final time in Oklahoma City on March 24.
Quincy Miller, making his first career start, had nine points while playing in place of Wilson Chandler, who remains day to day after straining his left groin against Boston, the team said.
"To beat a team like that, without Wilson and having young guys in there and not being that deep on the bench, was huge," Foye said.
Evan Fournier had 19 points, including four 3-pointers, and Ty Lawson added 16 points and 14 assists for Denver. Kenneth Faried grabbed 14 rebounds.
Fournier said he fed off Foye's offensive output and the up-tempo pace set by Lawson.
"It gives you confidence, and the crowd was great tonight. The passing game was great," Fournier said. "I had a lot of wide-open shots that made the work a lot easier."
Reggie Jackson scored 13 and Derek Fisher 12 for the Thunder.