Though the first-round opener Sunday night between Oklahoma City and Denver was hard-fought on many levels, Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook seemed to overcome any resistance that got in their way.
Durant and Westbrook combined for 72 points in the 107-103 victory, a fact not lost on the Nuggets going into Game 2 on Wednesday night. Durant, the two-time NBA scoring champ, racked up a playoff career-high 41, while Westbrook added 31 and seven assists.
"Both of them played well and give them credit," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "They stepped up and made big plays when we needed them."
The Nuggets' objective is clear as the series moves forward.
"We had Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook making 72 points against us," Denver coach George Karl said. "We will need to make some adjustments here. This game is just the beginning of the process. You make sure you learn when you lose and do not get too confident when you win."
Added Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin: "We've got to try and limit one of those guys. I thought we did a good job of taking everyone else away. We've got to see what we can do better."
THUNDER 107, NUGGETS 103: Oklahoma City overcame an early 13-point deficit, riding the backs of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to win Game 1 at home Sunday night. The Thunder's defense also limited Denver to 43 points in the second half after giving up 60 by halftime. The Northwest Division rivals battled neck-and-neck throughout the second half, and Oklahoma City survived a potential game-tying three-pointer by the Nuggets in the last 20 seconds.
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