OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Perry Jones and Serge Ibaka each scored 23 points to help the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 102-91 on Saturday night for their first victory of the season.
The Thunder, already without MVP Kevin Durant for at least a month with a broken right foot, announced that star point guard Russell Westbrook had successful surgery on his broken right hand Saturday morning and also will miss at least a month.
The Thunder led 29-17 at the end of the first quarter, earning a standing ovation, and held off a late rally.
Kendrick Perkins scored 17 points and Steven Adams added 13 for the Thunder.
Ty Lawson scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half for the Nuggets.
The Thunder injury report included Durant, Westbrook, Reggie Jackson (right ankle sprain), Grant Jerrett (left ankle surgery), Jeremy Lamb (lower back sprain), Mitch McGary (left foot fracture) and Anthony Morrow (left MCL sprain). Before the game, Thunder coach Scott Brooks only mentioned Jackson as being close to coming back.
None of it mattered as the Thunder dominated most of the game. Oklahoma City led by 24 in the second quarter before taking a 55-33 lead into halftime.
Back-to-back dunks by Ibaka bumped Oklahoma City’s lead to 62-37 early in the third quarter. Denver surged to cut its deficit to 16 late in the period, but Oklahoma City pushed it back out to 76-56 heading to the fourth.
Denver trimmed Oklahoma City’s lead to 88-85 on a layup by Randy Foye, but Ibaka answered with a 3-pointer to give the Thunder some breathing room. Jones drained a contested 3-pointer as the shot clock expired, then Andre Roberson scored on a putback to push Oklahoma City’s lead to 96-87 with 1:27 to play.
Thunder: It was Oklahoma City’s first home game without both Durant and Westbrook since Westbrook entered the league in 2008. The Thunder played without both at Boston last season. … Every available Thunder player played at least 20 minutes.
Nuggets: Denver shot 34 percent in the first half and was just 1 of 10 on 3-pointers. … Lawson took just four shots in the first half. … Wilson Chandler missed his first eight shots and made just 2 of 12 overall. … Nate Robinson was issued a technical foul in the fourth quarter.
Thunder: Visit Brooklyn on Monday.
Nuggets: Host Sacramento on Monday.
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