Wolves Wednesday: Love, Durant promise for exciting game

Author:
Updated:
Original:

The scoreboard operator will have to be on their toes when the Timberwolves and Thunder meet for the fourth time this season Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

Minnesota ranks third in the NBA in scoring at 106 points per game. The Thunder is close behind in fifth place, averaging 105 per game. The score has gotten higher in each of the first three games between the two this season, so the fourth and final regular season meeting promises to be exciting.

  • Nov. 1: Wolves 100, Thunder 81
  • Dec. 1: Thunder 113, Wolves 103
  • Jan. 4: Thunder 115, Wolves 111

“It seems like it's always that way,” Thunder coach and Minnesota native Scott Brooks told The Oklahoman. “With Memphis being a physical game, it's always that way with Minnesota being just an exciting game, a close game; some terrific performances individually by players.”

The matchup between Kevin Love and Kevin Durant is sure to draw the most attention. The perennial All-Stars have been through some great battles in the past, but Durant has won two of the three matchups this season.

  • Nov. 1: Love 24 points, 12 reb. / Durant 13 points, 4 reb.
  • Dec. 1: Love 16 points, 12 reb. / Durant 32 points, 10 reb., 12 ast.
  • Jan. 4: Love 30 points, 14 reb. / Durant 48 points, 7 reb.

The most famous game in the young history between the Wolves and Thunder came March 23, 2012. Oklahoma City won in double overtime, 149-140. Love finished with a career-high 51 points and 14 rebounds while Durant finished with 40 points and 17 rebounds.

Durant leads the NBA in scoring this season (31.1 ppg) and he's been quite the run of late. He's been so dominant that he's earned himself a new nickname: "Slim Reaper." Durant doesn't like the nickname, but it goes to show how frightening he can be for the opposition. Love, meanwhile, could be a little slow to go after falling hard on his tailbone in Minnesota's win over the Lakers Tuesday night.

Minnesota won't have small forward Corey Brewer for the game. He's with his wife and newborn son, Sebastian. He'll rejoin the team Friday in New Orleans.

Next Up

MasklessJudgesinWiscoyTownship

At Wiscoy Township's sole precinct, election judges ditched masks

Voter and Wiscoy resident Kaitlyn O'Connor took a photo of the judges after asking them to wear masks, she said

paisley park

Paisley Park to open pop-up shop at Mall of America

The new store is set to open on Black Friday.

blue-and-white-sorry-we-re-closed-wooden-signage-1171386

COVID-19: Here's what Gov. Walz, Republicans are proposing to help businesses

Once they come to an agreement, Walz will call a special session to pass the legislation.

Jacob Frey

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey planning to run for reelection

Frey said in a radio interview that 2020 has been a "horrible" year.

Monello

Monello, P.S. Steak will switch to sandwiches, noodles during shutdown

The Minneapolis eateries are pivoting during the closure of dine-in service.

skiing

MN ski areas will be open – but with changes – during 4-week shutdown

Some ski areas have already reopened for the season, others plan to open Thanksgiving weekend.

thanksgiving turkey

Thanksgiving foods to avoid giving to pets

The Animal Humane Society has shared its advice on keeping pets safe this Thanksgiving.

best buy

Best Buy reports massive rise in online, in-store sales

People turned to Best Buy to buy computers, home theater and appliances during the pandemic.

police tape, crime scene

Driver dies after being shot, crashing into cars in Minneapolis

The incident happened around 1:25 a.m. Tuesday.

Related