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Tuesday, December 17th (All times Eastern)

Oklahoma City Thunder (19-4) at Denver Nuggets (14-9), 9 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Oklahoma City Thunder will play four of their next six games on the road, starting with Tuesday's showdown with the Northwest Division-rival Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.

The Thunder are 7-4 on the road and will leave the friendly confines of Chesapeake Energy Arena, where they are a sizzling 12-0 this season. They remained unbeaten at home with Sunday's 101-98 victory over the Orlando Magic and fended off a late rally by the guests, who had a 27-18 advantage in the fourth quarter.

"Our defense was up and down all night and we didn't do a good job executing down the stretch," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "Tonight we had three or four spurts where we locked down (on defense). The rest of the time we were just hoping they'd miss."

NBA leading scorer Kevin Durant (28.5 ppg) scored 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out five assists. Russell Westbrook had 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, while Jeremy Lamb scored 16 points off the bench for Oklahoma City, which has won six straight and 14 of 15 games.

The Thunder outscored the Magic in the paint by a 50-30 margin.

Denver will continue its four-game homestand Tuesday and evened its record on the stay at 1-1 with Sunday's 102-93 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Wilson Chandler and J.J. Hickson netted 19 points apiece with Hickson pulling down 11 rebounds. Nate Robinson scored 14 points off the bench and both Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson had 12 points for the Nuggets, who have won 10 of their last 13 games and are 7-3 in the Rockies.

"Once we get it rolling, it's going to be dangerous; it's going to be scary for teams to play us," a confident Robinson claimed.

The Nuggets are 14-6 since an 0-3 start and will close out the homestand Friday versus the Phoenix Suns.

Denver and Oklahoma City will play the second of four meetings this season and are scheduled to clash on Jan. 9 and March 24. The Thunder posted a 115-113 win on Nov. 18 in the OKC and were led by Durant's game-high 38 points. Westbrook scored 30 points with 12 rebounds and seven assists in that one for Oklahoma City, which ended a three-game slide to the Nuggets.

Oklahoma City has lost nine of 11 and 11 of its last 14 at the Pepsi Center.

12/17 10:35:53 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3
 
Final
CHC 1
CIN 4
Final
PIT 3
MIL 5
Final
WAS 3
STL 1
Final
CLE 2
TOR 3
Final
DET 6
ANA 11
Final
NYM 0
ATL 6
Final
BOS 4
BAL 8
9th
TAM 11
NYY 5
 
Final
MIA 8
SEA 4
Final
TEX 12
CWS 0
 
Final
KAN 5
MIN 0
 
7th
COL 10
PHI 1
 
2nd
OAK 7
HOU 0
 
3rd
LOS 0
ARI 0
 
3rd
SDP 1
SFG 0
 
Final
TAM 1
MON 4
Final
BOS 0
DET 1
1st Intermission
ANA 1
DAL 1
 
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3