The Oklahoma City Thunder returned to Loud City, the nickname given to their home inside Chesapeake Arena, to battle their division rival Denver Nuggets on Oct. 15. It was the Thunder’s first home game of this preseason, and a large crowd arrived to welcome them home. OKC did not disappoint the fans, beating the Nuggets, 109-81.
Denver only hit 37.7-percent for the game, and the Oklahoma City dominance was there from the start. The Nuggets opened the game only hitting 27.3-percent and the Thunder took off on an 11-0 run, never looking back.
"Our defense was really good tonight,” coach Scott Brooks said after the game. “Everybody locked in and we got better."
With Russell Westbrook out until the second month of the season, it was a good chance for the home crowd to get a look at the point guards who will be filling while he is out.
Reggie Jackson started the game and played for 21 minutes, scoring eight points with three assists and three steals. Veteran Derek Fisher added 17 minutes with seven points and two assists, while Jeremy Lamb played for 19 minutes, scoring six points with two assists and three steals. Combined, they scored 21 points, but only hit 29-percent of their shots from the field.
Kevin Durant logged 23 minutes and led both teams with 36 points in the game. It was an impressive performance considered the reduced playing time. Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha also added double digit scoring to the board with 13 points each. Ibaka also had two blocks in the game.
Hasheem Thabeet started in place of Kendrick Perkins and finished the game with four rebounds and four points.
The Thunder next head to the BOK Center in Tulsa for a special visit on Thursday night to battle the New Orleans Pelicans.