Thundering herd trample Nuggets
A game after scoring a combined 72 points, Oklahoma City’s All-Star duo got plenty of help from the rest of the Thunder to build a commanding first-half lead and beat the Denver Nuggets 106-89 in Game 2 on Wednesday night.
The first-round playoff series shifts to Denver on Saturday night with Oklahoma City leading 2-0.
“Everybody chipped in tonight,” said Durant, the NBA’s scoring champion the past two seasons. “That’s what we’re going to need.”
Durant scored 23 points and Westbrook added 21, but everyone else contributed to a dominant early stretch that propelled Oklahoma City to a 26-point lead early in the second quarter.
Ty Lawson scored 20 points to lead Denver, which could only get as close as 10 in the fourth quarter before Oklahoma City put the game away.
“We gave them too many minutes, too many possessions of they were totally in control,” Denver coach George Karl said. “They were energized, they were more physical, they were quicker, probably smarter. … The hole was just too big. When it looked like we could get it under 10, a 3-ball would go in or an offensive rebound would break our heart.”
n Spurs 93, Grizzlies 87—Manu Ginobili scored 17 points in the All-Star’s return after missing Game 1 with an elbow sprain, and San Antonio beat visiting Memphis to even the first-round series.
Ginobili wore a thick sleeve to protect his right elbow but played as physically reckless as usual. He stayed questionable until just before tipoff, yet even with Ginobili, the top-seeded Spurs didn’t have it easy.
Sam Young led Memphis with 17 points. The Grizzlies opened the series with a stunner for their first franchise playoff win, and 2-0 lead seemed possible in the final seconds.
Young’s 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds left made it 89-87 before George Hill sealed the win at the free throw line.
Game 3 is Saturday in Memphis.