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article imageNBA: Thunder dominate Nuggets to take 2-game lead 106-89

By Austin Tyler     Apr 21, 2011 in Sports
Oklahoma City - Game one came down to a play that was deemed wrong by the NBA when Kendrick Perkins tipped in a ball that gave the Thunder a one point lead. This time the Thunder did not leave anything to the refs as they held the lead the whole game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27) hosted the Denver Nuggets (50-32) for the second game of this seven-game series. The Thunder made a statement this game with a 106-89 victory, and the Nuggets looked like they did not bounce back from the bad call in game one.
Oklahoma City opened the game with back-to-back three-pointers from Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to take a 6-0 lead. The Nuggets kept it close as they got within with three to make it 10-7 on a Danilo Gallinari jumper. The Thunder scored the next nine points to take a 19-9 lead before Nene made one of two free-throws to make 19-10.
OKC went on a 12-5 run to close out the first quarter. Gallinari made a three-pointer and J.R. Smith made a jumper to at the buzzer to make the score 31-15. James Harden scored seven points during that OKC run, and was fouled while shooting a three late in the period when he made all three free-throws.
The Thunder opened the second quarter by stretching their lead to 38-15 with a three-pointer from James Harden and a jumper from Nick Collison. The Nuggets called a quick timeout and Al Harrington made a jumper out the timeout for the Nuggets first points of the period. James Harden hit a three-pointer, and Eric Maynor made a free-throw to give the Thunder a 26 point lead.
Denver cut into the lead and forced Oklahoma City to take a timeout with the score 43-24. Kevin Durant made a three-pointer after the timeout to push their lead up to 22 points. Denver responded with a nice run of their own to get them within 12 points with an Al Harington three-pointer and a Ty Lawson jumper.
Raymond Felton made a three-pointer for the Denver Nuggets, but Kevin Durant answered with a three-pointer of his own. The Nuggets got a pair of free-throws from Wilson Chandler to have the Nuggets go in down 59-44.
Russell Westbrook made a three-pointer to open the second half to take a 62-46 lead. Oklahoma City had a 70-53 lead with 5:33 left in the period and took a timeout. Ty Lawson made a three-pointer at the 4:26 mark to make the score 72-58, but the Thunder went on a 7-2 spurt to force the Nuggets take a timeout.
With 2:02 left Raymond Felton made a three-pointer that sparked a 6-2 spurt that cut the Thunder lead down to 15 points, 81-66.
Al Harrington opened the final period with a three-pointer as the Nuggets tried to cut into the Thunder lead. The Nuggets got within ten on a Raymond Felton layup to make the score 86-76. The Thunder responded by pushing their lead to 95-78 with Russell Westbrook making a three-pointer to cap off a 9-2 run.
The Thunder closed the game out early, but sealed it when Daequan Cook made a three-pointer to make it 100-81 with 4:07 left in the game.
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder helps lead OKC to victory.
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder helps lead OKC to victory.
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Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 20 points with Nene and Raymond Felton behind with 16 points apiece. Nene led the Nuggets with nine rebounds and went to the foul line 18 times to make 12-18 free-throws. Al Harrington chipped in with 15 points.
Kevin Durant scored 23 points with five assists and rebounds. Russell Westbrook scored 12 points with seven assists and had seven turnovers as well. Serge Ibaka scored 12 points with 12 rebounds, and Kendrick Perkins had 11 rebounds with seven points.
James Harden scored 18 points off the bench, and Nick Collison added 10 points.
The Thunder took care of business and home as they now lead the series 2-0, but they will now have to go to the Pepsi Center in Denver for games three and four. The two teams will square off on Saturday, April 23, 2011.
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