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Apr 6, 2011 2:23 AM by Lee Douglas

OKC beats Nuggets in possible playoff preview

DENVER (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 32 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 101-94 Tuesday night in a possible first-round playoff preview.

Russell Westbrook added 18 points and James Harden 13 as the Thunder all but secured home-court advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs, building a four-game lead over the Nuggets with five games left, including a rematch Friday night in Oklahoma City.

This was the first win by the Thunder in Denver since the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City in the beginning of the 2008-09 season. The franchise had lost seven straight games in Denver by an average of 19.3 points, its last win here coming on March 28, 2007.

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