Arron Afflalo's return to the court appears to a huge boon to the Nuggets following the first quarter of play as they hold a 31-26 lead. After missing the first two games of the series and long stretches of the regular season in March and April, Afflalo scored nine points on 3-of-5 shooting in the first quarter.
The Nuggets went on an 11-2 run to end the quarter. J.R. Smith sank a three to break the 26-26 tie with 38 second left on the clock. Kenyon Martin added a dunk a little bit later to make it a five-point lead.
Russell Westbrook, whom Afflalo has guarded for most of the quarter, leads' the Thunder with 10 points. Kevin Durant has just five points on 1-of-4 shooting, 3-of-4 from the free throw line. Serge Ibaka and Nene are battling for game-lead in rebounds, both at four right now.
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