Mar 24, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks the ball against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder cruise past Denver Nuggets for 117-96 victory

The Oklahoma City Thunder jumped on the Denver Nuggets early and never looked back.

OKC outscored Denver 41-24 in the first quarter and by halftime led 72-58 as they went on to beat the Nuggets 117-96.

Kevin Durant scored 27 points in just 31 minutes. He also had eight assists and four rebounds and shot just 1-for-7 from the three-point line.

The Thunder were without Russell Westbrook for the game, but only because the team is keeping him from playing in back-to-backs and OKC has to play Dallas tomorrow night. Westbrook of course hurt his right knee and left the game in OKC’s last game vs. Toronto, but an MRI revealed no further damage to the knee. Westbrook gets a little extra rest sitting out tonight and it should be expected for him to play tomorrow night.

Caron Butler scored the most he ever has in a Thunder uniform, dropping 23 points off the bench on 10-of-19 shooting and 3-of-7 from three.

Reggie Jackson, starting in place of Westbrook, had another very good game scoring 16 points to go with 11 assists. He made 4-of-6 shots and all three of his three-point attempts.

Serge Ibaka scored 15 points and Steven Adams and Nick Collison each had 10 as OKC did it as a total team while shooting over 50 percent from the field overall.

The Thunder are now 52-18 and will play at Dallas tomorrow night at 7 p.m. CST.

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