The highly anticipated rematch between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Minnesota Timberwolves turned out to be as advertised. 31 lead-changes, 15 ties. The two teams once again traded blows until the final horn as the Timberwolves edged a 119-116 victory over the Thunder.
Jeff Teague missed his second free throw and left the door open for a Thunder attempt to tie the game. Westbrook raced up the court and found Carmelo Anthony, who faked a hand-off back to Russ and took a wing three that bounced off the backboard and off the rim, the last shot to tie the game.
The game was once again a battle throughout as the two teams played to a draw in the first half. The Thunder led by as many as 11 but the Wolves answered each Thunder run. Paul George led the Thunder with 17 at the half.
It seemed as if the first team that could put a couple of stops together would be the victor, and the Wolves made more plays down the stretch. The Thunder had a 109-107 lead when Jimmy Butler scored nine points in the final four minutes to lead an 11-3 run to help the Wolves pull away. The Thunder struggled shooting 3-of-14 down the stretch.
The Thunder executed well throughout the game, shooting 50% from the field and also 88% from the free throw line. However, the Thunder can look back and see that the Timberwolves were able to out-rebound them 44-35, including 11-3 in the final 5 minutes, with 4 offensive rebounds. The Wolves also outscored the Thunder 52-46 in the paint.
Karl-Anthony Towns had a monster outing with 33 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Wolves. Butler added 25 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Teague and Taj Gibson added 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Westbrook led the Thunder with 27 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebounds. Paul George and Melo each scored 23 points. Adams continued to impress, scoring 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting with 8 rebounds.
The Thunder return to action tomorrow night with a clash against the Chicago Bulls.