By Nick Gallo | Thunder Basketball Writer | [email protected]

DENVER – Thunder players and coaches alike have been eagerly awaiting the first chance to begin the new season following a summer of training and more than a week of training camp. Despite falling to the Denver Nuggets 114-101 on Wednesday night, the Thunder was excited just to be facing an opponent in a true game setting.

“We wanted to be able to play against an opponent,” Head Coach Scott Brooks said. “It was a good opportunity for us tonight to come out and play a good basketball team.

“Throughout the game, we had a lot of good moments and moments we have to get better with,” he said. “In the film tomorrow, we’ll (identify) things that we can improve on through practice and in film sessions. Overall, there were a lot of good things. We still have a lot of things to work on.”

The Thunder got off to a blazing start in its first preseason game of the 2014-15 season, with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook leading the starting unit to a 27-13 lead with 3:43 remaining in the first quarter. The dynamic duo played just 25 combined minutes in the tune-up, with Durant scoring 11 points and Westbrook totaling three assists and four steals.

Brooks used this game as chance to not only have some of his veterans get some live game, but also as an opportunity to evaluate some of the young talent on the roster. Denver eventually swung the score in its favor to take a 12-point third-quarter lead, but the Thunder rallied back with a 13-2 run at the end of the third quarter, capped by a Sebastian Telfair buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Ultimately, the Nuggets pulled away in the middle of the fourth quarter, but Brooks felt great about …read more