NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, March 3rd (All times eastern)
Oklahoma City Thunder (36-23) at Denver Nuggets (39-21), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The red-hot Oklahoma City Thunder face a big test Wednesday when they arrive in the Rockies to battle Western Conference power Denver.
The Thunder won for the 12th time in 14 games last night when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook finished with 39 and 30 points, respectively, to lead Oklahoma City to a 113-107 home victory over the Sacramento Kings.
It was the 32nd time in 33 games that Durant has scored at least 25. The All- Star forward also grabbed 10 rebounds and Westbrook had 13 assists for the Thunder, who have won three in a row. Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic added 15 and 14 points.
The Kings made just under 54 percent of their shots, but Oklahoma City nearly matched that, making half its shots in addition to sinking 28-of-32 free throws.
"Of course we didn't play the way we wanted to, but you're going to have games like that," Durant said.
The Nuggets, meanwhile, have hit a bit of a snag, dropping two in a row against fellow West heavyweights, the LA Lakers and Phoenix.
Most recently Amare Stoudemire poured in 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds on Monday, as the Suns dominated Denver, 101-85, at US Airways Center.
Chauncey Billups finished with 21 points for the Nuggets, who have dropped back-to-back games for the first time since a season-high three-game skid from December 25-28. Carmelo Anthony ended with 17 points and seven rebounds, while J.R. Smith added 16 points off the bench in defeat.
"I think in general if you hold Phoenix to 100 points you played pretty well defensively," Nuggets head coach George Karl said. "In general I think we did some good things, but we never really got a run going where we could get it to under 10 points. And we just didn't have enough energy in our bodies after playing four games in five nights to make a comeback."
On the injury front for Denver, reserve big man Chris Andersen (right knee tendinitis) is questionable and rookie point guard Ty Lawson (shoulder/thumb) is listed as doubtful.
The Thunder have won five of their past six on the road but haven't won in the Rockies since relocating to Oklahoma City from Seattle, dropping five straight.
03/03 10:32:25 ET