The Oklahoma City Thunder lost their regular season finale 106-101 to the Denver Nuggets. The Thunder finish the shortened season with a record of 47-19.
Kevin Durant scored 32 points and now is averaging 28.03 points per game this season to lead the league and Kobe Bryant. Bryant will need 38 points tomorrow night in Sacramento to pass Durant.
Aside from Durant’s points, tonight’s game was pretty meaningless for the Thunder. They were going to be the two-seed in the West no matter the outcome but still, Scott Brooks played Durant and Russell Westbrook 40 and 35 minutes, respectively.
Westbrook had a great all-around game scoring 30 points with nine assists, six rebounds, three steals and four blocks. Westbrook was hitting his midrange jumper consistently in what seemed like the first time in a long time.
James Harden did not play again tonight but has been cleared by the NBA to return to action for the Thunder and he isn’t expected to miss any playoff games.
The Thunder would get another nice shooting performance from Daequan Cook tonight who made three three-pointers. He made four last night against the Kings and it is a good sign for the Thunder that he has regained his shooting touch right before the start of the playoffs.
The win for Denver now puts them a full game ahead of Dallas for the six seed in the West. That means they will be able to avoid Oklahoma City in the first round and play the Lakers instead.
The Nuggets can secure the six seed by winning their final game of the regular season or if Dallas loses their final game. That means that Dallas is the most likely first round opponent for the Thunder.
Dallas will be in Atlanta tomorrow night and Denver in Minnesota.