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.

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

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.

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.

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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