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               === Durant, Thunder pull away to beat Nuggets ===
 Oklahoma  City,  OK (  - Kevin Durant  scored a game-high 38
 points with eight rebounds and six assists, Russell Westbrook scored 30 points
 with 12 rebounds and seven assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder outscored the
 Denver Nuggets by 11 in the fourth quarter to win 115-113 on Monday night.
 In  a game  of runs, Oklahoma City  saved the best for last when Durant scored
 seven points and Westbrook added five during a 14-4 run to pull the Thunder to
 within two, 99-97, with just over seven minutes to play.
 Later,  the  game was tied  at 105 with under  two minutes left when Westbrook
 missed  back-to-back  jumpers, but both  times Serge Ibaka kept the possession
 alive with offensive rebounds.
 On  the second one,  Ibaka was falling backward when he launched the ball back
 toward  Durant at the  top of the key. Durant buried a 3-pointer with a minute
 and a half to go.
 After  Kenneth  Faried made  1-of-2 free throws,  Westbrook crossed over Randy
 Foye  and J.J.  Hickson on the ensuing possession and blasted through the lane
 for  a layup with  22.3 seconds left, giving Oklahoma City its biggest lead at
 110-106,  and  the Thunder  held on  to snap a  three-game losing skid against
 "Going  into this game,  we knew Denver was going to be a tough team to stop,"
 said Thunder head coach Scott Brooks.
 Ty  Lawson  scored 29 points with  eight assists and Hickson tallied 18 points
 with 19 rebounds in the loss.
 After  a  Westbrook  layup to  open  the  game,  Denver  went on  a  10-2  run
 thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers from Wilson Chandler and Foye.
 The  Nuggets ended  the final minute of  the first quarter on a 7-2 spurt that
 pushed the lead to 39-28.
 The  Thunder then opened the second stanza on a 10-2 run to pull within three.
 Jeremy  Lamb made  a floater to open the  quarter and capped the run with a 3-
 Denver  answered  with a  10-0 run  to stretch the  lead back to double-digits
 after  Nate Robinson hit a step-back jumper and then a 3-pointer the next time
 down the floor.
 Durant and Westbrook got the Thunder right back in the game, both scoring four
 points  as part  of an 8-0 spurt  that pulled them to within four, 52-48, with
 4:43 left in the half.
 Denver  stretched  the lead back  to double-digits with  just over a minute to
 play,  but Westbrook led  a 7-0 charge to make it a one possession game at the
 The  Nuggets opened the first five minutes of the second half on a 15-4 run to
 take their largest lead of the game at 78-64.
 Oklahoma City chipped away in the final minutes of the third and trailed 92-83
 heading into the fourth.
                                   Game Notes
 Oklahoma City is 4-0 at home ... Reggie Jackson scored 14 points off the bench
 for  the Thunder ... Evan Fournier scored 12 points and Robinson netted 10 for
 Denver  ... Both  teams play on Thursday  as the Nuggets will host Chicago and
 Oklahoma City welcomes the Los Angeles Clippers.
 11/19 02:19:23 ET