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Kevin Durant scores 24 points, Thabo Sefolosha returns as OKC Thunder routs Nuggets

The Thunder got a convincing win over Denver on Thursday. They also got the return of guard Thabo Sefolosha to the starting lineup.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: March 15, 2012

The Thunder essentially beat Denver with three players on Feb. 19, winning 124-118 in overtime behind 51 points from Kevin Durant, 40 points from Russell Westbrook and a triple-double (15 rebounds, 14 points and 11 blocked shots) from Serge Ibaka.

It marked the first time in NBA history a team had a 50-point scorer, a 40-point scorer and a triple-double from a third player in the same game.

Durant finished with 27 fewer points, Westbrook had 18 fewer points and Ibaka had a triple-single with five points, three rebounds and three blocks, but the Thunder locker room was all smiles afterward.

“It feels good for us to get a nice road win by a lot of points, man,” said Durant, who had 24 points and eight assists. “This Denver team is tough to stop, especially in this building, but I think we came out with that sense of urgency early on.”

Thunder reserve guard James Harden had 18 points and was 4 for 6 from 3-point range, but might have been happier for Cook, who was sitting at the locker room stall next to his.

“I definitely missed Daequan in that second unit – the DC sniper,” Harden said with a smile. “He was knocking down 3s, making the second unit feel comfortable.”

Denver was playing without center Nene', who was traded earlier in the day to the Washington Wizards in exchange for centers JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf and a future second-round pick from the Los Angeles Clippers.

“We knew they were going to play with a little bit of a heavy heart with Nene' getting traded,” Durant said. “We just wanted to come out and jump on them from the beginning and take advantage and I think we did a great job.”