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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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