Posted: Apr 9, 2011 12:32 AM by Lee Douglas
Updated: Apr 9, 2011 12:37 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 28 points, Russell Westbrook added 17 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 104-89 Friday night for their second win this week over their potential first-round playoff opponent.
The Thunder handed Denver its only home loss since the Carmelo Anthony trade on Tuesday night and now has the two biggest wins against the new-look Nuggets.
Oklahoma City came in sitting in fourth in the Western Conference, with Denver fifth, and should be feeling confident if the teams meet in the postseason next week.
Nene had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead the Nuggets and also got into a confrontation with the Thunder's Kendrick Perkins for the second time in as many games.
Danilo Gallinari and Raymond Felton added 17 points apiece for Denver.
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