Dec 25, 2010 10:59 PM by Jordan Mason
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant had a season-high 44 points - 21 in the third quarter - and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 114-106 on Saturday night.
James Harden added 21 points for the Thunder in the first Christmas game in the franchise's three-season tenure in Oklahoma City.
Durant entered the game with a 27.5-point scoring average and a season high of 34, but he blew past the latter by the five-minute mark of the third quarter en route to his first 40-point game of
the season - after having eight of them last season. He was 14 of 20 from the field.
Denver played for the second straight game without star Carmelo Anthony following his sister's death Wednesday. Chauncey Billups led the Nuggets with 30 points, and Nene had 21 points and 12 rebounds.
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