The Oklahoma City Thunder dropped their second game in a row on Thursday, losing 101-88 to the Denver Nuggets. It was the Thunder’s largest losing gap of the season, and marked the fourth win in a row for the Nuggets, who are rebounding soundly from an eight-game losing streak.
Oklahoma City continues to struggle without its star point guard, Russell Westbrook, but it is by no means time for the Thunder faithful to be concerned just yet.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 30 points but just three boards, and Reggie Jackson chipped in with 13 more points. Serge Ibaka put up just eight points, but he grabbed 10 boards.
Randy Foye had a great game for the Nuggets, leading with 24 points, and Ty Lawson had a double-double on the night with 16 points and 14 assists. Evan Fournier came off the bench and added 19 more points.
The Thunder came out fairly strong, but the Nuggets took over the lead going into the half and never gave it up. Led by a incredible performance from Foye–who caught fire beyound the arc–the Nuggets controlled the entire second half and made the absence of Westbrook that much more apparent for OKC, as the Thunder made just 25-percent of their three-point attempts.
Despite the poor performance from OKC, ” target=”_blank”>Kevin Durant impressed with a vicious crossover of Denver’s Kenneth Faried, followed by draining a midrange jump shot.
With the loss, The Thunder fall to 27-9 on the season, good enough for the third-best record in the NBA. Oklahoma City next faces the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. ET.