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January 17, 2013

Thunder sets tone early in blowout win over Nuggets

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

The Thunder started the night off slicing up the Nuggets’ defense. Denver looked like a team playing the second night of back-to-back games, which it was, and Oklahoma City took advantage with ball movement and dribble and isolation plays.

Westbrook led the charge, scoring 16 points to give Oklahoma City a 34-18 advantage after one quarter.

As efficient as the Thunder’s offense was, the Nuggets were just as lackluster. Koufos was the only Denver player who had any energy whatsoever. The rest of the squad sleepwalked through the entire first half, and the Nuggets trailed 67-47 at halftime.

Denver never got the deficit above 17 in the second half, as the Oklahoma City bench of Reggie Jackson, DeAndre Liggins, Perry Jones III and Jeremy Lamb kept the defense rolling. All four players have seen time on the franchise’s D-League team, the Tulsa 66ers.

With its own five-game winning streak in hand, Oklahoma City now hits the road for 14 days on its longest road trip of the season. Despite the recent success, Durant doesn’t expect his team to slow down any time soon.

“We’re greedy,” Durant said. “In this league you have to be greedy. Just as quickly as you can win four or five in a row, you can lose four or five in a row. We know we can never be complacent and that’s the best part about our team.”

Michael Kinney

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