Eye of the Hurricane

April 17, 2011

Oklahoma City Edges Denver in Final Game 1

Last night Dwight Howard scored 46 points in a losing effort to the Atlanta Hawks. Tonight, Kevin Durant dropped 41. Unlike the Orlando Magic, the Oklahoma City Thunder supporting cast scored enough to edge past the Denver Nuggets 107-103.

After the game, Durant told Cheryl Miller this was going to be hard fought series. “On any given night anybody can go off and score 30,” Durant said.

The only other player to score over 30 in this game was Durant’s teammate, PG Russell Westbrook who put up 31. A crucial no-call with a minute left in the game helped solidify an OKC lead that they would not relinquish.

With 1:06 left, Westbrook attempted a jumpshot from the far corner. The ball hit the rim, bounced off the backboard, and looked as though it would fall back into play. That’s when OKC forward Kendrick Perkins reached up, through the net, and tipped the ball in. No goal tending call was made. Instead, Perkins was credited with the bucket. It put the Thunder up 102-101.

A poorly executed three point attempt by Nuggets PG Raymond Felton and a few free throws Durant and Westbrook helped insure the win for the Thunder.

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