The Nuggets began to pull away in the second quarter and stretched it to 26 in the third before Jokic and his fellow starters became spectators.
It was a much-needed confidence boost for the struggling Nuggets (7-7), who advanced to the Western Conference finals inside the NBA bubble last season. So much so that former Nuggets coach George Karl posted on social media leading up to the game: “It’s early in the season to say this but the Nuggets game against the Thunder is a ‘must win’ for Denver.”
Nuggets guard Facundo Campazzo had the highlight play of the first half, throwing a backward, between-the-legs pass to Morris for a layup.
The Thunder played for the first time since an OT win over Chicago last Friday. Their game against Philadelphia on Sunday was postponed because the 76ers did not have the league-required eight available players to proceed because of contact tracing.
Thunder: G Ty Jerome remains in Oklahoma City to rehab a sore ankle. … The Thunder are 5-2 on the road this season and 1-5 at home. … G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 14 points and seven assists.
Nuggets: F Greg Whittington had knee surgery Tuesday. He will be re-evaluated in four to six weeks. … F Will Barton had 13 points and six assists. … Denver outscored Oklahoma City in second-chance points 32-3.