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Oklahoma City Thunder drop relaxed season finale 111-105 to visiting Denver Nuggets: OKC vs. Houston playoff schedule revealed

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Oscar Robertson salutes Russell Westbrook’s historic achievements as the 16-17’ regular season concludes

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

With all the urgency of Sunday’s matchup removed, the Oklahoma City Thunder dropped a perfunctory regular-season finale 111-105 to the visiting Denver Nuggets.

Just ahead of OKC’s 82nd opening-tip which bookended an emblazoned campaign, NBA legend Oscar Robertson appeared before the reverent Chesapeake Energy Arena faithful to acknowledge Russell Westbrook’s accomplishments, and endorse the new single-season triple-double leader’s MVP cause.

And while Westbrook’s most valuable player fate now lay before a voting panel, this evening’s revelries were apropos of an OKC squad preparing for first-round battle with the explosive Houston Rockets on Sunday night.

Though Oklahoma City’s march continues, Denver had its playoff hopes dashed by Russell Westbrook during the teams’ penultimate meeting.

Wednesday, with only pride at stake for Mike Malone’s crew, rising-star Nikola Jokic added 29 points, 16 rebounds, and eight assists, as four other Nuggets contributed double-figure scoring, led by Jamal Murray’s 27.

Conversely, with evenly apportioned minutes throughout its roster, Enes Kanter (12) led OKC in scoring. Meanwhile, Westbrook, the evening’s honoree, played just 18 minutes and finished with five points, five rebounds and eight assists.

In total, each Oklahoma City player checked the scoring column, with Domantas Sabonis (2) being the only Thunder to not reach 5+ points.

Following a protracted battle for the eighth, and final, playoff seed, Denver finished just outside of post-season stead at 40-42.

Oklahoma City enjoys an uplifting 47-35 finish as their real season begins Sunday night on TNT.


No. 3 Houston Rockets vs. No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder

Game 1: Sunday at Houston, 9 PM ET (TNT)

Game 2: at Houston

Game 3: at Oklahoma City

Game 4: at Oklahoma City

Game 5*: at Houston

Game 6*: at Oklahoma City

Game 7*: at Houston

*Denotes if necessary