The Oklahoma City Thunder couldn't get it done against the Denver Nuggets, falling 101-88 on the road. The Thunder are just 2-4 through the last six games, clearly struggling without injured star Russell Westbrook.
Kevin Durant still went for 30 points, but had very little help from his team. Serge Ibaka, who was back in the lineup after being ill, had just eight points on 3-of-11 shooting. He did have 10 rebound and three blocks.
Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher were the only other double-figure scorers for the team, going for 13 points and 12 points. Jeremy Lamb scored just three points, shooting 1-of-12 from the field.
OKC shot a dismal 35.3 percent from the field as a team, and just 6-of-24 from three-point range.
The Thunder had 11 assists on 30 made field goals, with Denver forcing an isolated offensive approach. In short, OKC had more turnovers (12) than assists.
The Nuggets came together and beat the Thunder as a collected group. Ty Lawson led the way with 16 points and 14 assists, committing just one turnover. It's a rare sight to see a single player have more assists than the entire opposing team.
Randy Foye and Evan Fournier were the offensive sparkplugs for Denver, scoring 24 points and 19 points respectively. The two guards combined for 10-of-16 shooting from three-point range.
J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried shot just 5-of-18 combined, but hauled in 12 and 14 rebounds respectively.
Denver was in control for much of the game, with the outcome more or less guaranteed after the third quarter. Durant and the rest of OKC's starters stayed on the bench for the last period, with the Thunder submitting to defeat.
They'll need to come together without Westbrook, both offensively and defensively. The Thunder face some tough opponents over the next few games, including the Houston Rockets, the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Nuggets pushed their winning streak to four games, and face the Orlando Magic and the Utah Jazz in the next two contests. Neither team is performing well this season, with both being in the bottom-five in terms of team records in the NBA.
Denver's cohesiveness as a team was questioned after an eight-game losing streak, but have come together to find success once more. With lesser opponents than the Thunder coming up, it's safe to predict the Nuggets will continue their winning ways in the near future.
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