They nearly had us. At one point, they had us down by 19. But, the Timberwolves are infamous for giving up huge runs.
Who is the culprit? Well, for the T-Wolves, you can't admire Kevin Love's second half shooting performance. 2-14 from the field. Then, you have Wayne Ellington and Sebastian Telfair, who were less than spectacular when they were on the floor. And while Michael Beasley did have some clutch shots, he didn't do a whole lot to stop Durant, and he missed some important free throws. Lastly, Wesley Johnson, who was recently promoted to a starting role, played a whopping 42 minutes and really contributed naffold, scoring only 5 Points to go with 5 Rebounds and 3 Assists.
But it wasn't all bad news for the T-Wolves, as Nikola Pekovic, a player I'd never even heard of, had a career high 15 points on 60% shooting, while also blocking three shots. Additionally, Luke Ridnour played like the consummate point guard he is, scoring only 7 points but also dishing 9 assists.
But, you really do have to credit the Thunder for pulling out this win. They had the lead back to 2 at one point in the 2nd quarter, and while they didn't pull ahead until early in the fourth, they were always threatening, and it was pretty clear that they would probably keep their lead once they did pull ahead for good.
Below: Awards, Future Analysis!
Thunder Wonder: Kevin Durant, 30 Points, 11 Rebounds, 6 Assists, and some clutch play down the stretch.
Thunder Down Under: Russell Westbrook, 25 Points, 8 Assists.
Thunder Blunder: Eric Maynor, 2-7 Shooting, 1-4 3 Point Shooting.
Thunder Plunderer: Michael Beasley, 26 Points, 6 Rebounds, and a late three that almost got the Timberwolves back in this one.
The Timberwolves continue on with only 5 wins, and are firmly planted in the cellar of the Western Conference. We see them again in January, and I doubt things will be much different, though they'll probably win more than 5 over the next 20. Still, with this win, the Thunder have a 5-1 division record, and are on the fast track to taking the crown back from Utah, who are a game ahead of the Thunder at this time.
Next Game: At the New Orleans Hornets, Friday, December 10th, 7 PM Central Standard Time.