NBA Playoffs 2011: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets Game 2 Live Blog
Game 1 between these two teams ended with a hard-fought, 107-103 victory for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant contributed a stunning 72 points.
The Denver Nuggets matched up well and played tough throughout the game, but shot an atrocious four-of-16 from beyond the arc.
If the Denver Nuggets intend to split the first two games of the series on the road, they will need to find a way to limit the contributions of both Westbrook and Durant. The Nuggets will also need to shoot better from the three-point line, and improving their 63.6 percent free-throw shooting from Game 1 would be a step in the right direction, as well.
Playing at home, the Thunder will do everything they can to take a 2-0 lead in this series. They will look to shoot over 50 percent from the floor—they shot just under that mark during Game 1—and they will hope to get more of the same from Westbrook and Durant, who shot a combined 25-of-45 (55.5 percent) in Game 1.
Finally, expect the Thunder to attack the paint. They were outscored, 46-28, in the paint Sunday, and will look to develop a presence down low.
My name is Aaron, and I'll be your live blogger for this game. Sit back and enjoy what promises to be a very good game.
The Thunder win by a score of 106-89 in a game that was never close. The Denver Nuggets simply refused to use the paint. They settled for jumpers and despite endlessly coming up short, they continued to shoot long, ill-advised two point jumpers.
The Thunder dominated in the battle of the boards, specifically offensive rebounds. 17-5 was the battle of offensive rebounds and the Nuggets had no answer for this. They did not box out well and were never mentally in the game.
The Nuggets did try to fight back, numerous times. With the help of Lawson and Harrington they cut the lead to within 10 numerous times. However, every time they made a run, the Thunder answered with a run of their own led by Kevin Durant who led all scorers with 23.
Looking ahead, the Nuggets will be glad to return home, they shot a despicable 27-69 from the field. It just was not their night.
Kudos to the Thunder who dominated and used the crowd to their advantage, who at times rattled the Denver Nuggets. Perkins, with 11 rebounds dominated in the paint and Collison had a nice game as well with 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Despite this setback, the Nuggets are still in this series. The Thunder are simply holding serve, it is time for the Nuggets to respond. They will need to utilize the paint, crash the boards and shoot better if they intend on getting back in this series.
The series resumes Saturday in Denver where the Nuggets will hopefully have a response for this nightmarish game.
I hope you have enjoyed the coverage tonight. I'm Aaron and on behalf of the bleacher report, I'd like to thank you for joining me on this fine night, take care.
89-106, Thunder win.
Post game reaction coming up.
Under a minute to go, the Nuggets will can't wait to get on that flight back to Denver. This game has been a nightmare for them.
87-104, under two minutes remaining. Nuggets have gone deep into the bench. Durant and Westbrook now on the bench.
Ibaka with another offensive rebound, the Nuggets have been bossed around on the glass all night and have paid dearly.
Starters still out on the floor and I have no idea why if I'm being honest.
Durant gets a fade-away, 85-104 with 2:10 remaining.
Timout. Durant leads all scorers with 23.
Nene has gotten to the line 17 times, made 11 of them.
85-100, three minutes remain.
Perkins gets called for a loose ball foul and is fouled out. He does not look happy and reacts as if his team were down the entire game.
He gets a standing ovation as he leaves the game. 7 points and 11 rebounds, he gave them the physical presence they needed tonight, well done.
83-100, just under four minutes remaining. The starters still out on the floor for the Thunder.
Thunder with a put-back slam, the crowd explodes. Very unselfish team.
The Nuggets just want this one to end as soon as possible, they need to desperately regroup and get back on track, soon to be down two games to none.
Westbrook hits a three, 80-95. He is pumped. This is no longer about the game, it is about the city.
They are trying to rattle the Nuggets here.
Lawson still fight, sinks a jumper, Thunder lead 92-78. They are the youngest team in the playoffs at an average of 25 days and 135 days.
Expect to see the starters substituted soon.
Westbrook will go to the line with the chance to make the deficit insurmountable.
He sinks both, the lead is now 16 with 5:54 remaining. The fans love Collison who returns to the bench.
The crowd still in this one, they are loving every second of it and most of them are on their feet.
Durant with an offensive rebound and a turn around jumper. Timeout, Denver. 76-90 now with 6:47 remaining in the fourth.
Durant comes up big when needed, the Nuggets have no response, they have tried to fight back but have been shut down on every attempt.
The crowd gets into it and the Nuggets react with a turnover. Lead back up to 12 and the Thunder are trying to slow this one down.
Durant with suck an elegant floater. He has had a quiet game, despite hitting leading both teams in scoring with 17.
The Thunder have become a tad bit complacent. Could the Nuggets capitalize? Felton has started the quarter with energy and explosion however if the Nuggets want to get back in this, they will need another scoring threat.
Felton with consecutive layups. The lead back down to 10.
Got to give credit when credit is due, Felton is not going down without a fight. Now, let's hope the rest of his team joins him and we have a game.
76-86, 8:32 remains in the fourth quarter.
OKC respond with a three. Harrington answers with a layup.
Quicker tempo and Collison ignites the crowd with a slam!
72-86, 9 minutes to go.
The crowd back in it and the Thunder clamp down on the Nuggets who have never been close.
Nene makes one of two from the free throw line. , the lead is now down to 10.
70-81, 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Harrington ends the drought with a three.
69-81, 10:28 left in the fourth. This is the closest the Nuggets have gotten since being down 26.
Welcome back to the fourth quarter.
Both teams miss jumpers and we have no change in score, a minute into the fourth.
Gallinari misses two free throws and the crowd laughs.
That's the end of the third.
Perkins has contributed 11 rebounds and has been an offensive threat this quarter. The Nuggets have responded, driving to the basket more and slowing down the tempo.
However, this 15 point deficit feels like 35. The Nuggets have trailed all game and have seemed to mentally check out of this one.
Join me for the second half, we'll see if the Nuggets can make a game of this one.
The Thunder know they have this one in the bag. A very laid back approach. Nuggets are finally penetrating and getting to the line.
Too little, too late I reckon.
66-81 with 53.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Felton hits a three, he has given a solid contribution tonight.
Harden lays it in as the shot clock goes down. 81-63, 1:21 remaining in the third.
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