Nuggets vs. Thunder final score: Denver beats OKC, 114-104, to win 13th straight


While all the attention is on the Miami Heat's record-chasing winning streak, the Denver Nuggets are quietly establishing themselves as a force out west with one of their own and going through some of the league's best in doing so.

The Denver Nuggets imposed their will on the Oklahoma City Thunder and won on the road, 114-104, at Chesapeake Energy Arena Tuesday night to earn their 13th consecutive victory.

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Ty Lawson led the way for Denver (47-22) with 25 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Kenneth Faried collected a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Denver scored an astounding 72 points in the paint to capitalize on those high-percentage looks, while Oklahoma City managed 50 points inside.

Kevin Durant starred as usual for the Thunder (50-18) with 34 points on 10-of-23 shooting but was 0-6 from the three-point line, and Russell Westbrook chipped in with 25 points on 10-21 shooting from the field. Oklahoma City shot well overall, but struggled from the three-point line with just 16 percent.

Denver won the rebounding margin, 52-45, and forced 14 OKC turnovers to secure the win. The game featured three lead changes and six ties in a fast-paced contest characteristic of these two teams.

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