Skip to main content

LaVine goes off, but it's not enough as Wolves fall to Thunder

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Oklahoma City Thunder 126

Minnesota Timberwolves 123

The Minnesota Timberwolves showed quite a bit of fight, but fell short of the Oklahoma City Thunder 126-123 Wednesday night at Target Center.

1. Back-and-forth battle

While the Wolves came up on the short end again, they found themselves battling with a good team down the stretch, and at one point during the third quarter the teams battled back and forth possession after possession.

https://twitter.com/fsnorth/status/692538757388570626

Which was followed immediately on the other end with a big answer from Russell Westbrook.

https://twitter.com/APkrawczynski/status/692537710502875139

But during a key stretch of the fourth quarter, the Wolves went on a 6-minute drought. They were outscored 13-1 during that stretch as the Thunder pulled away.

Minnesota battled back but could never close the deficit.

2. Durant cold-blooded in the clutch

Kevin Durant hit some big shots in the final moments, helping the Thunder put the game away. With the Wolves trailing 113-111 and less than two minutes to go, Durant delivered a back-breaking three.

It was his only three-pointer of the night. Durant finished with 27 points and 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

3. LaVine locked on

It was Zach LaVine's night to shine for the Wolves. LaVine finished with a game-high 35 points and the Thunder had no answers for how to stop him.

https://twitter.com/JerryZgoda/status/692540962103545856

LaVine made big play after big play to keep the Wolves in the game. He finished the night 14-of-17 from the floor and was 5-of-8 from the three-point line.

Tweet of the Night:

This didn't count for anything, but it sure was an amazing shot by Karl-Anthony Towns.

https://twitter.com/SBNation/status/692531026032226304

He did score 19 points that did count in the game though.

Up Next:

The Wolves (14-33) travel to Utah on Friday night.

Next Up

Anthony Edwards

Ant ejected, Wolves blow huge lead and lose to slumping Hawks

The Timberwolves missed another opportunity to get over .500.

Xcel Energy Center

NHL announces make-up dates for Wild postponements

The Wild will play 40 games in the final 77 days of the regular season.

the mayo clinic - edit

Group says Mayo should be 'severely punished' over research puppy's death

The puppy died two days after undergoing a procedure at a Mayo research facility.

FLickr - minneapolis police - Tony Webster - Feb 2020 - crop

Charges: Man kidnapped woman, sexually assaulted her at gunpoint

The suspect faces three separate felony charges.

mn state capitol january 17 2021

St. Cloud 'Boogaloo Boi' who discussed attack on MN Capitol gets 2 years

He was charged with illegally possessing a machine gun.

Chris Smith

Gophers add All-Ivy League D-tackle from Harvard

Chris Smith will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer.

school bus

High school basketball team returns from game to find bus driver dead

Members of the girls team returned to the bus to find the driver unresponsive.

covid-19 testing site sign

Minnesota AG sues COVID testing site, alleging it sent false results

Sometimes the company didn't send people their results at all, the lawsuit alleges.

optum headquarters chad davis wikimedia commons

UnitedHealth Group says it made $287B last year, $24B of it profit

The corporation's Optum business represented a significant chunk of that total.

covid

Omicron may have already peaked in Minnesota

Reported cases lag what's happening in real time, so the newly reported cases over the next week or so will still be very high.

MnDot snow plow cam I-35 12-10-21

MnDOT reveals 50 snowplow name finalists

Voting is open through Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Related