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Kenyon Martin of the Denver Nuggets sits frustrated on the sidelines during a 97-94 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 23, 2011. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Nuggets On The Brink Of Another 1st Round Exit

Denver’s 97-94 loss on Saturday night put the Nuggets a game from losing in the first round for the seventh time in eight years.

04/24/2011

Head coach George Karl of the Denver Nuggets watches his team take on the the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2011 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nuggets Come Up Just Short, Trail 3 Games To None

Transforming from a shot-blocker into a shot-maker, Serge Ibaka tied his career high with 22 points and sparked the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 97-94 win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night that gave them a 3-0 lead in their best-of-7 playoff series.

04/23/2011

Arron Afflalo of the Denver Nuggets drives against Kirk Hinrich of the Atlanta Hawks on March 16, 2011 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Arron Afflalo Ready To Go In Game Three

Pronouncing his left hamstring fit after practice Friday, Arron Afflalo will take the court for the first time in two weeks when Denver hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

04/22/2011

http://cbsdenver.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/112755720.jpgTy Lawson of the Denver Nuggets drives to the basket against Kendrick Perkins #5 and Russell Westbrook #0 both of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 20. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Thunder Dominate Nuggets 106-89, Take 2-0 Lead

Kevin Durant scored 23 points, Russell Westbrook added 21 and the Oklahoma City Thunder built a huge first-half lead on their way to a 106-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

04/20/2011

Nene of the Denver Nuggets shoots against Nick Collison #4 of the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 17 in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Durant, Westbrook Power Thunder To Game 1 Win Over Nuggets

Kevin Durant scored 41 points, Russell Westbrook added 31 and the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled out a 107-103 win against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

04/17/2011

George Karl (credit: P.A. Molumby/NBAE via Getty Images)

Karl To Face Protege In First Round Matchup

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.

04/16/2011

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder during player introductions prior to the game against the Denver Nuggets on April 8, 2011 at the Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nuggets Confident They Can Contain Durant

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.

04/15/2011

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks to drive against Danilo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets on April 8, 2011 at the Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Durant And The Thunder Down Nuggets In OKC

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.

04/08/2011

Nene goes to the basket against Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the game at the Oklahoma City Arena on Dec. 25, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Okl. (Photo by Larry W. Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

Durant Scores 44 Points, Thunder Beat Nuggets

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.

12/25/2010

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