Fifty-four three-point field goals were attempted in this game. Let me repeat that: fifty-four three-point field goals were attempted in this game. That’s a hell of a lot of long balls. And miraculously, nearly half of them went: the Nuggets went 10-22 from beyond the arc Danilo Galinari was 6-13 all by himself and the Thunder went 15-32, with Daequan Cook 4-9 from downtown. There were so many treys, in fact, that basically the game was one run after another, OKC dashing out to a 19-point lead in the second quarter, Denver tying after three and grabbing a brief 1-point lead in the fourth, before the Thunder put it away, 108-101, putting both Northwest rivals at 3-2 for the preseason.
Seeing (well, hearing: there was no TV) Andre Igoudala in a Denver uniform is startling, but the Ig fit into George Karl’s rotation nicely, picking up seven points and six assists while retrieving 10 rebounds. The new-look Nuggets had five players in double figures, unsurprisingly led by Galinari’s six treys and 26 points. And speaking of rotation, Karl ran this one as though it were a regular-season game, with the starters playing their usual complement of minutes. Odd for preseason, but then no one would be expecting it, would they?
Eric Maynor drew a DNP-CD tonight so Scott Brooks could get a better look at Reggie Jackson. On the depth chart, Jackson is behind both Maynor and Russell Westbrook; from the looks of things, Jackson is ready to fight for #2 at the one. Three Thundermen came up with 16 points: James Harden, Serge Ibaka (including 2-2 treys), and Kevin Durant, Interestingly, Durant earned a -8 for the night.
Next matchup: Tuesday at Chicago, though the Bulls are Rose-less for the time being. At least this one’s on TV.