Thunder defeat Nuggets for fifth straight win

Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:38am EST
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each had a double-double, while Enes Kanter scored a season-high 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds, as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 110-104.

"Enes did a really good job tonight," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said of the center. "He was really active on the glass, he got a lot of offensive rebounds, he kept possessions alive, he scored, he did a lot of really good things."

Westbrook finished with 27 points and 12 assists but fell short of his third straight triple-double. The guard has five this season and 24 in his career.

"They just wanted it more than us," Nuggets guard Will Barton said. "They beat us on the offensive glass and were really being aggressive."

Durant had 30 points and 12 rebounds to help Oklahoma City win their fifth straight. The Thunder won for the 20th time in 24 games despite shooting just 21 percent from three-point range.

Danilo Gallinari led Denver (16-26) with 27 points and Kenneth Faried had 17 and 15 rebounds but could not overcome Kanter's big night.

"That guy gets 25 and eight (rebounds), four offensive rebounds and some key plays and he does it on 10 of 14 shooting," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.

"You know that Durant and Westbrook are going to get theirs, but when you allow a third scorer to get in the game, it makes it nearly impossible to beat that team."

Durant and Westbrook had double-doubles before the end of the third quarter. The Thunder (31-12) trailed by five midway through the period but led 84-79 entering the fourth.   Continued...

 
Jan 19, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) dribbles the ball as Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) defends in the second quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports