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Westbrook, Thunder thump Nuggets
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Russell Westbrook shot 12-of-20 for a game-high 32 points, as the Oklahoma City Thunder led wire-to-wire in a 117-97 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin scored 20 points apiece for the Thunder, who notched their fifth win in a row behind a defense that forced 21 Nuggets turnovers.
Kosta Koufos had 16 points and nine rebounds for Denver, which had its winning streak snapped at six games. JaVale McGee donated 15 points, Andre Iguodala supplied 12 and Danilo Gallinari added 11.
Westbrook set the tone in the first quarter with 16 points as the Thunder took control early.
After opening the game on a 7-0 surge, the Thunder went up 24-10 on Westbrook's pullup jumper. A Hasheem Thabeet free throw gave Oklahoma City a 34-18 cushion after 12 minutes.
"I thought we came out with great energy from the start on both ends of the floor," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.
The advantage grew to 60-36 when Durant followed up one of his five steals with a dunk.
Oklahoma City led comfortably at halftime, 67-47, and for the remainder of the night.
"The Thunder seemed to be the hungrier team from the very beginning," said Denver coach George Karl. "We never got into our flow and our offense just wasn't there."
Twelve different Thunder players made a field goal ... Oklahoma City shot 51.8 percent from the floor, including 47.4 percent from three-point range ... Denver's Andre Miller had a game-high 10 assists.
01/17 01:16:50 ET