Recap: Oklahoma City Thunder outlast Minnesota Timberwolves, 106-97

Russell Westbrook - W. Bennett Berry

When it came down to it, the Oklahoma City Thunder knew how to put away the Minnesota Timberwolves and send them packing with a loss.

Box Score | Canis Hoopus

The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 106-97. In a game that was far closer than it should have been, given that the Wolves were without Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, and Corey Brewer, their backups kept it close.


It was not until an early 4th quarter run by the Thunder that they finally got some breathing room and were able to put away Minnesota.



What is your initial reaction to tonight's result?

The Timberwolves may have led by six points at one point, but the OKlahoma City Thunder sure know how to win games.


Kevin Durant finished the evening with 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Thunder rolled, winning their 12th game in their last 13 games. He was helped by Reggie Jackson, who finished with 20 points and 9 assists.

Minnesota was led by Ricky Rubio, who finished with 19 points and 5 assists.

What was, overall, the main reason why the Thunder won?

The main reason the Thunder one was because the team came together. After trailing by six at one point, Reggie Jackson was able to add 20 points to the winning cause and become the first NBA team this season to reach 40 wins.

Another thing that helped OKC win was their way of executing 3-pointers when needed. Both Lamb and Derek Fisher shot when it was necessary and helped the Thunder finish the game on a 16-4 run.

What was a key statistic to understanding the game?

The Minnesota Timberwolves are nothing without their star player Kevin Love. Love was out against OKC Wednesday after suffering a stiff neck, which was caused by a fall against the beloved loathed Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night.

Ricky Rubio finished the night with 19 points for the 'Wolves, but clearly it wasn't enough. For a team to blow a lead like Minnesota did is unacceptable and they should definitely know better.

What does this game mean to the Thunder tonight and going forward?

After winning tonight's game, OKC is 15-1 this season against Western Conference opponents when at home. It also must feel great knowing your team can win without Russell Westbrook and be the most feared team in the Western Conference, and the NBA.

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Sarah's Awards

Thunder Wonder: Reggie Jackson. The kid finished with 20 points and nine assists. Everyone knows Kevin Durant is the star of the team, but Jackson should get some lovin' too.

Thunder Down Under: Thabo Sefolosha. The man missed his first seven 3-point shots. Can anyone say practice much?

Thunder Blunder: Kevin Durant's technical. You can't EVER argue with a referee because you're going to be wrong. It's like arguing with an umpire in baseball. You can't argue balls and strikes. You'll never win and you'll get penalized for it. Durant is smart enough to know better than to argue a no-call. Swallow your pride and let your coach do the talkin' because OKC can afford to play without Scoot Brooks than without Durant.

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Next game: @ Orlando Magic on Friday, Feb. 7 at 6PM CST

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