With just eight players active, point guard Theo Maledon led all Oklahoma City scorers with 20 points on 6-for-13 shooting, while grabbing four rebounds and talking three assists.
Denver opened the first half with a 16-point lead before the Thunder nailed back-to-back buckets to trim the lead by seven points. Rookie point guard Tre Mann nailed one 25-foot three-pointer and a free throw to bring the score down to a 58-49 lead.
The man scored Oklahoma City’s final four points before halftime. Despite struggling on a 5-for-15 clip, the rookie point guard finished with 15 points on the night.
In the third and fourth quarters, the Thunder outscored the Nuggets 58-55, but it wasn’t enough to garner a big enough comeback, as power forward Nikola Jokic’s 35 points was the deciding difference.
The Thunder will face off against the Trail Blazers at 9 p.m. CT on Monday, March 28 in Portland.