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Thunder Vs. Nuggets, Game 5: Oklahoma City Advances To Second Round With 100-97 Win

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Kevin Durant Joins The NBA Playoff Party, And Shows Us What The Future Looks Like

The Oklahoma City Thunder finished off the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night when Kevin Durant turned in a performance for the ages, and just like that, the best NBA Playoffs in years got a little better. But for Durant, this was something even bigger.

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Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder Ready To Run West

KD was unstoppable against the Nuggets, but Oklahoma City's improved defense is what makes this team a real title contender.

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Thunder Vs. Nuggets, Final Score: Durant Scores 41, Oklahoma City Advances With 100-97 Victory

Kevin Durant scored 16 of his 41 points in the last quarter, pushing Oklahoma City into the second round of the playoffs with a 100-97, Game 5 win over the Denver Nuggets.

Russell Westbrook overcame a 3-for-15 shooting slump and had 14 points for the fourth-seeded Thunder, who will play either top seed San Antonio or Memphis in the Western Conference semifinals. It was the first playoff series win for the team since moving to Oklahoma City. The franchise’s last postseason triumph came in 2005 when the Seattle SuperSonics upended Sacramento in five games in the first round.

Serge Ibaka was a force inside with nine blocks, one off the NBA playoff record. That included a crucial swat of an attempted Nene jam in the final minute.

Durant hit a huge jumper with 12 seconds remaining and blocked a three-point try from J.R. Smith. The Thunder then survived Arron Afflalo’s missed three- point try as time expired to advance.

Denver, which blew a 91-82 lead in the final quarter, was led by Afflalo’s 15 points.

Be sure to check out our Thunder vs. Nuggets hub for full series coverage. For more on the Thunder, visit Welcome To Loud City. For more on the Nuggets, visit Denver Stiffs and SB Nation Denver.

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Thunder Vs. Nuggets, Game 5: Durant Has 17, Score Tied 50-50 At Half

Kevin Durant is the only player in double figures, but otherwise Game 5 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets has been an even affair.

With two quarters down and two to go, we’re tied at 50-50.

Durant has 17 points for the Thunder while Kendrick Perkins has 9 and James Harden has 8 off the bench.

For the Nuggets, Kenyan Martin has 8 points while three others have 7. Denver is spreading the ball around and has 13 assists to show for it (compared to OKC’s 9).

The Thunder are shooting 39% so far, which makes it impressive that they’re tied with the Nuggets, who are shooting 51%.

The only player with foul concerns is Nene Hilario with three. Otherwise this game should come down to who keeps a hotter hand in the second half.

Be sure to check out our Thunder vs. Nuggets hub for full series coverage. For more on the Thunder, visit Welcome To Loud City. For more on the Nuggets, visit Denver Stiffs and SB Nation Denver.

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Thunder Vs. Nuggets, Game 5: Russell Westbrook, Beguiling In Loss, Has Chance For Amends

When the Oklahoma City Thunder lost Game 4 against the Denver Nuggets, and with it a chance to earn a first-round sweep, Russell Westbrook took the heat. The All-Star point guard took 30 shots while Kevin Durant was hanging around; that, my friends, is an offense deserving of scorn. But Westbrook's aggressive shooting is what makes Russell Westbrook Russell Westbrook: if that's the first time you've shaken your head at a shot by Russ, you haven't been watching much.

He'll have a chance to remind everyone what exactly he offers again on Wednesday, as the Thunder try again to void the Nuggets. This edition's back in Oklahoma City, where the Thunder pounded Denver in Game 2 and where the Thunder have lost just one of five playoff games ever (Game 6 of last year's Lakers series, on a tip at the buzzer).

Westbrook's actually almost equally rad at home and on the road, though he (like everyone in the league, seemingly) draws more fouls at the Ford Center than abroad. The question will be -- per usual -- about OKC's defense, and whether it can get the Denver backcourt back under control after a Game 4 outburst. Many picked this series as a barntorcher because the Nuggets had been so explosive on offense, and the Thunder remained unproven on defense. But Oklahoma City has done a good job preventing Denver from running much, and the Nuggets haven't regularly shared the ball as well as they are capable of.

Be sure to check out our Thunder vs. Nuggets hub for full series coverage. For more on the Thunder, visit Welcome To Loud City. For more on the Nuggets, visit Denver Stiffs and SB Nation Denver.

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