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Steven Adams throws himself into crowd to complete save in Thunder loss

Jamal Murray scored 22 points to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 105-98 on Saturday night.

Steven Adams’ opposite Nikola Jokic and Trey Lyles each scored 16 points and Juancho Hernangomez added 15 for the Nuggets, who won their third straight.

Adams had 14 rebounds and 12 points, though that came at a lowly 40 per cent field goal percentage.

There was no shortage of his trademark hustle though, throwing himself into the front row to complete a save in the opening quarter.

Russell Westbrook had 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his second triple-double of the season and the 106th of his career. Paul George had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Dennis Schroder added 18 points for the Thunder.

Oklahoma City shot just 35.9 percent from the field and was just 9 of 39 on 3-pointers. The Thunder would have had sole possession of the best record in the Western Conference with a win.

Denver's largest lead was 25 points in the second quarter. The Nuggets shot 50 percent in the first half to lead 63-42 at the break.

Oklahoma City missed 18 of its first 20 3-point shots, but the Thunder got it going late in the third quarter and trimmed the deficit to 79-66 by the end of the period.

George hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 80-71 early in the fourth, and Denver called a timeout.

A 3-pointer by Oklahoma City's Jerami Grant trimmed Denver's lead to 96-90 with just over three minutes to play.

A key follow shot by Torrey Craig put Denver up 101-94 with just over a minute remaining.


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