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Jamal Murray scored 22 points with eight rebounds and eight assists, while Nikola Jokic and Trey Lyles added 16 points each, as the visiting Denver Nuggets got off to a hot start Saturday and went on to a 105-98 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Juan Hernangomez had 15 points for the Nuggets, who have won three consecutive games in four days, having won at Minnesota on Wednesday and on Friday at home against Orlando.
Paul George had 24 points with 11 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook finished with a triple-double — 16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists — as the Thunder lost for just the second time in their last seven games.
The Nuggets built a 25-point lead in the second quarter, shooting 50 percent (25 of 50) from the field before halftime.
Oklahoma City shot just 29.2 percent (14 of 48) from the field in the first half and 10.5 percent (2 of 19) from 3-point range. The Thunder was 0-for-6 from 3-point range in the second quarter.
The Thunder, which was also playing on back-to-back nights after defeating the Charlotte Hornets at home Friday, cut into the Nuggets’ lead in the second half. Oklahoma City outscored Denver 24-16 in the third quarter and cut the deficit to single digits early in the fourth quarter, and to five points with 1:30 to play.
The Nuggets’ three consecutive victories have come after a stretch where they lost six of seven games, all by 10 points or fewer. Denver opened the season with a 9-1 record.
Oklahoma City, which was playing its fifth game in eight days, had won 12 of its previous 14 games before falling to the Nuggets.
Mason Plumlee scored 11 points for Denver. Jokic’s 16 points came despite shooting 0-for-7 from 3-point range as the Nuggets were playing their 15th game in the past 27 days. Torrey Craig had 10 rebounds for Denver and two baskets in the final 1:06 to help seal the victory.
Steven Adams had 14 rebounds for the Thunder and was one of four Oklahoma City starters and five players overall to play 30 minutes, a night after all five starters played at least 30 minutes against the Hornets.
—Field Level Media