Durant and Westbrook still got in a workout Tuesday, going hard for 90 minutes of drills under the guidance of assistant coaches about three hours before tipoff.
"The philosophy is you put them through some harder workouts so they want to practice and they want to play games, otherwise they have to go through a workout that's actually harder," Brook deadpanned.
Asked if he put up a fight to be left in the starting lineup, Westbrook said, "Of course I did. You want to play all the games, but in preseason you can't really get mad at him (Brooks). He made us work hard before the game, though."
Denver guard Aaron Afflalo was teammates with Westbrook for one season at UCLA.
"He's good," Afflalo recalled of Westbrook. "I remember in school how competitive he was. Coach (Ben Howland) used to always get on him his freshman year, but he never let that get to him. He always had the athletic ability. It was always about harnessing the game he has. It definitely shows on this level. He has great lateral quickness as well. I would definitely say he's one of the best athletes in the league."
Afflalo led the Nuggets with 22 points.
THUNDER RALLY EVENT
The Thunder and MidFirst Bank will kick off the season Saturday with Thunder Rally at the MidFirst Bank located on the corner of Grand and Western.
Durant and Westbrook are scheduled to make an appearance and take part in the activities. Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls will be on hand to meet fans and take pictures.
The event, which will be from 1 to 3 p.m., is free and open to the public. Fans can sign up to win prizes and participate in interactive games such as, pop-a-shot, bean bag tosses and sport court games.