Oklahoma City Thunder
Scott Brooks was halfway through his second season as an NBA assistant when George Karl was hired in January 2005 to take over the Nuggets. It didn’t take long for Karl to recognize Brooks’ skills and aspirations.
The Nuggets went 18-7 with their reshaped and rejuvenated roster, but two of those losses came against Oklahoma City when Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant torched them for 60 points and 16 rebounds in a home-and-home sweep of Denver a week and a-half ago.
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.
NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant had a season-high 44 points — 21 in the third quarter — and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 114-106 on Saturday night.