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article imageNBA: Thunder finish series at home with 100-97 win over Nuggets

By Austin Tyler     Apr 28, 2011 in Sports
Oklahoma City - Oklahoma City had a chance to close the game out in Denver, but it just seemed fitting to win their first playoff series of the franchise at home. The team looked upset about not being able to get the sweep on the road, but the home victory was sweet.
The Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27) came back to Oklahoma City to host the Denver Nuggets (50-32) for series clinching game five. The Nuggets put up a great fight to try and force the game back to Denver, but the Thunder got a big game from Kevin Durant to close the series out.
The teams started the game trading baskets as no one could get a real advantage until the Nuggets got a three-pointer from Ty Lawson to make it 13-9. That didn’t last long as the Thunder tied it up with back-to-back buckets from Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins. Denver shot ahead with a 7-0 spurt capped off with a Danilo Gallinari three-pointer to take a 20-13 lead.
OKC tried to cut into the lead with a three-pointer from Kevin Durant to make it 24-18. Denver pushed their lead to 26-16 with a pair of Wilson Chandler free-throws. The Thunder ended the quarter with a 7-0 run capped off with a layup from Durant, and a three-pointer from Eric Maynor to get the Thunder within three, 28-25.
James Harden made a three-pointer to open the second quarter and tie the game at 28 points apiece. OKC had took a 33-30 lead with a Eric Maynor basket, but Ty Lawson and Al Harrington made back-to-back three-pointers to take 36-33 lead. Kendrick Perkins tied the game up at 41 points apiece with a pair of free-throws.
Arron Afflalo made a three-pointer to give the Nuggets the lead back with 2:47 left in the half. The teams traded baskets as they had ties at 46 and 48 points apiece. Kenyon Martin gave the Nuggets a two-point lead with .56 seconds. Kevin Durant tied the game up at 50 points with a pair of free-throws go into halftime tied.
The Thunder had a 53-52 lead to start the third quarter with free-throws from Thabo Sefolosha. Denver took the lead back with buckets from Arron Afflalo and Kenyon Martin. Sefolosha and Kevin Durant made layups to give the Thunder a one-point lead 61-60.
The Nuggets were down by one-point with, but took a two-point lead when Raymond Felton made a three-pointer. The Thunder had the game tied up at 71 points apiece, but J.R. Smith made a three-pointer to take a 74-71 lead. Denver ended the quarter with a pair of free-throws from Raymond Felton to take a 76-72 lead.
The final period began and the Nuggets were holding on to an 80-74 lead after Wilson Chandler made a jumper. Denver pushed their lead to 83-76 when J.R. Smith made a three-pointer and force Oklahoma City to take a timeout. Denver took an 87-80 lead on a pair of Nene free-throws.
Denver pushed their lead all the way to nine, 91-82 with 4:15 left in the game. Kevin Durant made a three-pointer to cut into the Denver lead and spark an 11-2 run that tied the game up at 93-points apiece. The Thunder had a 98-97 lead after a pair of Kevin Durant free-throws. Nene tried to give the Nuggets a one-point lead, but was denied at the rim by Serge Ibaka to give the Thunder the ball back with .15 seconds left.
The refs had to review a call after Kevin Durant was called for a back court violation on an inbound pass. The refs reviewed the tape and overturned it and gave the Thunder the ball back. Kevin Durant made a jumper to give the Thunder a 100-97 lead with .12 seconds left. Arron Afflalo had a chance to tie the game up but missed his three-pointer at the buzzer.
The Nuggets were led by Arron Afflalo with 15 points. Kenyon Martin scored 14 points with 10 rebounds. Raymond Felton and Ty Lawson both scored 13 points apiece. Danilo Gallinari scored 11 points and Nene finished with nine rebounds and eight points.
Kevin Durant scored 41 points for a game high and team high total. Russell Westbrook scored 14 points, and Kendrick Perkins had 11 points with nine rebounds. Serge Ibaka only scored one point, but had nine blocks, eight rebounds with two assists and steals.
James Harden came off the bench to score 12 points and Eric Maynor chipped in with nine points.
The Thunder has to wait and see who they will play out of the San Antonio Spurs or Memphis Grizzlies.
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