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Postby kaisy on Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:40 am

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Ty Lawson scored 27 points and hit two big free throws in the closing seconds, as the Denver Nuggets avoided a sweep by winning Game 4 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, 104-101. Danilo Gallinari recorded all 18 of his points in the second half for the Nuggets, who kept their season alive by forcing 15 turnovers while only committing eight themselves. Kevin Durant netted 31 points and Russell Westbrook had 30, but the latter missed a trio of three-pointers in the final minute, including one at the buzzer to end the Thunders attempt at a sweep. It was a physical basketball game, Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said. We gave ourselves a chance to win, but didnt make enough plays down the stretch. They did. Game 5 is set for Wednesday back in Oklahoma City, where the Nuggets lost the first two games of the series by a combined 21 points. They dropped Game 3 to the Northwest Division champions, 97-94, but broke open a two-point lead late in the fourth on Monday by scoring eight straight points, with a free throw from Nene resulting in a 97-87 advantage with 2:44 remaining. The Thunder had one last run in them to make it close, scoring nine of the next 10 points to pull within two on Durants three-pointer with 69 seconds on the clock. Raymond Felton was short on a mid-range jumper, and Westbrook began his string of deep misses at the other end. Westbrook did, however, get in the lane for two between Feltons 3-for-4 effort at the foul line, but airballed another three-ball with 7.9 seconds showing. Lawson made it a five-point game with two makes from the stripe, though Durant forced the Nuggets to make more free throws when he hit a three-pointer with 4.1 ticks left. Felton kept it a one-possession game by missing the first free throw and making the second. Westbrook took the ensuing inbounds pass up the court, and had his runner from the top of the key disrupted by Kenyon Martin to effectively end the contest. We only shot 38 percent and still won the game, Nuggets head coach George Karl said. Thats a positive. Eric Maynor drained a miraculous shot about two feet beyond Oklahoma Citys defensive three-point line at the end of the first quarter, but the attempt came a split second after the buzzer had sounded. That left the Nuggets with a 26-20 lead after 12 minutes, and the teams were deadlocked at 45-all at halftime. An evenly-matched third ended with Denver holding a tenuous 71-69 cushion. GAME NOTES:Serge Ibaka totaled 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder, who were outscored at the free throw line, 31-24...J.R. Smith scored 15 points for the Nuggets, who got 13 points and nine rebounds from Martin and 10 and nine from Nene. Cam Newton Pathers Jersey . Thabo Sefolosha made a career-high 5 of 7 3-pointers and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Phoenix Suns for the second game in a row 97-69 on Sunday night. Cam Newton Womens Jersey . The 35-year old Pierce became the oldest player in Celtics history to score 40 points in a regulation game, carrying Boston to a 103-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. . Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel preserved his sides clean sheet with a leaping catch of a shot by Martin Skrtel in the 54th minute. Brad Jones played the first half in goal for Liverpool and Peter Gulacsi took over after halftime. Cam Newton Jersey . The Chelsea left back apologized in person to FA chairman David Bernstein on Monday for reacting angrily after a commission set up by the governing body questioned the evidence Cole gave in defending John Terry in a racism case. Cam Newton Authentic Jersey . Hes 27 years old, coming off the best season of his career and figured that – lockout or no lockout – he had to give the NFL a shot.If youre a fan of any NFL team aside from the Green Bay Packers, the mission is simple: the champions must be stopped. Heading into the Thanksgiving Day classic against the 7-3 Detroit Lions on Thursday, the Packers remain the NFLs only undefeated squad in 2011. But it doesnt just stop there, of course. Factoring in the teams run to Super Bowl XLV, the team won its last two games of the season to grab the final NFC Wild Card spot before their championship playoff run began. In total, the Packers have won 16 straight games, including last years playoffs. The teams last loss came December 19, 2010 against Tom Bradys Patriots. The Packers are performing at an elite level on both sides of the ball. So, the question begs, can they be stopped? And, if so, when? One key to the teams ability to string together a perfect season may lie in the quality of competition they face within their own division. Detroit and Chicago are both sitting on 7-3 records. In any other division, both teams would have at least a share of first place, apart from the NFC West (where the 49ers have put together one of the quietest 9-1 seasons in recent memory, thanks in part to the perfect Pack). So, whos left in the way of the perfect regular season? The biggest hurdles probably come from the aforementioned division rivals. The Bears have one remaining contest against the Packers, but its at Lambeau Field. While both teams never lack incentive to play hard against one another, you have to like Green Bays odds at home. Say what you will about the impact of Jay Cutlers absence for the Bears and the effect it will have on their chances, the fact remains that the Packers have not lost in regulation at home since Brett Favres return with the Vikings in November 2009.dddddddddddd. The key opponent may end up being the Lions, who have two games remaining against the Pack. The Thanksgiving Day game will be hard-fought, as the once-perfect Lions hope to remain in the thick of the playoff chase in their highest-profile home game of the year. However, should Detroit fall short Thursday, they still have another crack at the Packers in the seasons final week. If the Lions can stay in the hunt and the Packers have not lost by then, the team could opt to rest some regulars, opening the door for the Lions to push for a Wild Card berth. But that game, too, is at Lambeau. As for the rest of the opposition, the Packers will have to travel to MetLife Stadium to face the Giants and the host the Oakland Raiders, who both boast 6-4 records heading into Week 12. The teams only other game is against the Kansas City Chiefs (currently 4-6) on the road. One major factor in the Packers quest for perfection is whether they are even after it in the first place. True, no team since the 1972 Dolphins has had a perfect regular season and added a Super Bowl ring on top of it. The 2007 Patriots went for perfection and achieved it in the regular season, only to fall to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII. Should the Packers lock up home field early, will the team rest some bodies? If the 49ers keep winning, they may not have the luxury of clinching home field before the seasons final week. So, whats your take? How long will the Packers remain undefeated? As always, its Your! Call. ' ' '
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