Bench spirit: A. Cole Aldrich dancing in his three-piece suit just before tipoff embodies the carefree nature of the Thunder. They're loose and loaded.
B Team: B. Scotty Brooks' junior varsity — five non-starters playing together — was spectacular early in the second quarter, turning a 31-15 lead into 43-17 blowout. But Denver rallied to within 43-24 before Brooks re-inserted Durant and Westbrook. And the B team was outscored 4-0 to start the fourth quarter before Brooks summoned Durant's return.
Athletic display: A. Thabo Sefolosha's whirling, driving layup midway through the first quarter keyed a 16-1 Thunder run. Then Westbrook's scrambling, twisting, don't-forget-the-ball driving scoop shop, starting from beyond midcourt and going through and around and over three Nuggets, thrilled the crowd.