Thunder beat Nuggets, run winning streak to three | Inquirer Sports

Thunder beat Nuggets, run winning streak to three

/ 02:14 PM December 23, 2021
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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts after making a three-point basket during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on November 01, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images/AFP

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 27 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds to lead the host Oklahoma City Thunder to a 108-94 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

The Thunder have won three consecutive games, while the Nuggets had won three of their previous four games.

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Oklahoma City led for much of the game and stretched its lead to 23 early in the fourth quarter before Denver made a push with its reserves.

The Nuggets ripped off a 20-6 run to cut the deficit to single digits with less than five minutes left, thanks to six points each from Austin Rivers and Vlatko Cancar.

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Instead of re-inserting his starters, Denver coach Michael Malone elected to stick with his bench players, who briefly cut the deficit to eight with about three minutes to play before the Thunder closed strong.

Gilgeous-Alexander posted the second triple-double of his career and his first since January 2020 during his first season with Oklahoma City. He scored or assisted on 51 of the Thunder’s points.

Darius Bazley added 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for Oklahoma City, while Luguentz Dort had 15 points. The Thunder’s 14-point margin of victory was their largest of the season.

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Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 13 points.

Denver shot 39.3 percent from the floor, its third-worst shooting night of the season. The Nuggets also missed 11 free throws, their most of the season.

The Thunder jumped ahead early, leading by 10 after one quarter thanks to Denver’s offensive struggles. The Nuggets were just 7 of 26 from the floor and 2 of 10 on 3-pointers in the first quarter. Oklahoma City closed the quarter with a 19-4 run to take control.

Denver bounced back in the second quarter, but Gilgeous-Alexander hit all five of his shots inside the arc in the quarter to score 11 and give Oklahoma City a 60-52 lead heading into the break.

The Nuggets’ JaMychal Green returned after missing the previous three games with a right ankle sprain and left knee soreness.

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