Durant finished with 44 points, hitting 14 for 20 from the field, 4 for 7 from 3-point range and 12 for 15 from the free-throw line. Durant also had seven rebounds and four assists.
â€œHe was as hot as he's been all year and he could have easily taken some of those shots,â€ Brooks said of Durant. â€œHe plays the right way and makes passes.â€
Reserve power forward Nick Collison took another charge on Saturday and now has 19 in 22 games this season. â€¦ In the second half, Denver had 10 fewer points (58-48) and shot 11.2 percent less (58.3-47.1) from the field. â€¦ Former Midwest City High School standout Shelden Williams did not play for the Nuggets. His wife, women's basketball great Candace Parker, attended the game. â€¦ The Thunder has climbed to No. 7 in the league in scoring (103.9), but remains dead last in 3-point percentage (.322).
The Thunder, which leads the league in free-throw percentage (.844), attempted (972) and made (820), went 30 for 35 at the line against Denver. â€œI thought one of (our) game plans was to not foul.â€ â€“ Nuggets coach George Karl.