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NBA: Oklahoma City 101, Denver 94

DENVER, April 6 (UPI) -- Kevin Durant had 32 points and nine rebounds Tuesday to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past Denver 101-94.

Russell Westbrook had 18 points and six assists for the Thunder, who took a four-game lead over Denver in the race for the fourth position in the Western Conference playoffs. The two teams meet again Friday in Oklahoma City.

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Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 28 points. Danilo Gallinari scored 17.

Durant scored four points in a fourth-quarter surge by the Thunder that extended their lead to 85-72 with 6 1/2 minutes to play. Oklahoma City relied on steady free-throw shooting down the stretch to prevent the Nuggets from getting closer than four.

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