Oklahoma City once again went into the fourth quarter trailing but came out with the win because of a big fourth quarter. It was a 113-103 victory for the guys from the big town. The Thunder struggled with turnovers through the first three quarters but stayed in the game because of Kevin Durant’s big night all around.
Durant finished the night with his fourth career triple double, recording 32 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. All night long Minnesota had no chance at stopping Durant, who made 14 of his 21 shots from the field.
Kevin Durant is the first players since Michael Jordan in 1988 to finish with at least 32 points, 10 rebounds 10 assists, four blocks and four steals.
In the fourth quarter the Thunder went to their small lineup which really changed the game around, as the Thunder outscored the Timberwolves by 15 in the final 12 minutes. With the guards in the game OKC was able to cut down on their turnovers and drive and kick the ball.
Durant took in most of the publicity but Reggie Jackson was really the spark that pushed OKC past Minnesota in the final quarter. Jackson scored 10 of his 18 points in the final quarter while also setting up other guys for open shots.
Overall, though it was a good team win for the Thunder with Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook both having big nights to help out Durant. Ibaka started off slow on the offensive end but his defense and shot blocking led to the Thunder guards being able to start fast breaks. Westbrook didn’t have his best night, but he hit two consecutive three point jumpers late in the fourth quarter that really put the game out of reach.
The Thunder really picked things up on the defensive end late in the game as well, holding the Timberwolves to 20 points in the fourth quarter. Ibaka once again was one of the main reasons for this. Not only did he contest shots at the rim but he held Kevin Love to a total of 16 points.
One area that has to get better though is rebounding on the defensive end. Nikola Pekovic, who is not known for his offense finished with 22 points tonight. Overall though it was a good team win for the Thunder. They were able to move the ball around and hit open shots.
Keys To The Game
Bench Play: A
Reggie Jackson had a huge impact on this game, especially late. He was able to spark the team in the 4th quarter, which led to the Thunder winning the game. Jeremy Lamb also pitched in good minutes off the bench with nine points while shooting 50% from the field. Steven Adams only put in nine minutes tonight, which is questionable considering Pekovic led the Wolves in scoring.
Serge Ibaka: B+
Serge cooled off a little bit shooting wise but still finished the game with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 big blocks. While he didn’t play his best offensive game he was really a game changer on the defensive end.
Ball Movement: B+
The Thunder finished the game 26 assists, which is a great number but at times their ball movement or, lack of it, led to a lot of turnovers. In the end of the game the Thunder’s ball movement was great. They were able to cut down on their turnovers while still being able to find the open man. Durant set the tone for ball movement all night with a game high 12 assists.
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