Apr 18, 2011 12:47 AM by Jordan Mason

Thunder ride Durant, Westbrook to Game 1 win over Nuggets

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 41 points, Russell Westbrook had two crucial late baskets among his 31 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled out a 107-103 win against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

The Thunder leaned heavily on their two All-Stars, who both scored their most points in the postseason.

Westbrook had the go-ahead jumper from the right side with 1:06 left, as several Nuggets looked for it to be waved off with several hands near the rim anxious for a tip-in. Kenyon Martin then missed a jumper from the left wing before Westbrook struck again to make it 104-101 with 22.4 seconds left.

Raymond Felton missed a potential tying 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, and Oklahoma City closed it out at the foul line.

Nene led Denver with 22 points and eight rebounds, and Danilo Gallinari scored 18.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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