By Adam Luther
Fourth quarter run not enough for Thunder
Despite finding themselves in 13-point deficits after both the first and third quarters, the Oklahoma City Thunder opened the fourth on an 11-2 run to cut the deficit to four. With less than a minute remaining, the Thunder tied the game on a Russell Westbrook 3-pointer and later took the lead on a Carmelo Anthony 3-pointer with 4 seconds left. It was all for naught, as Minnesota small forward Andrew Wiggins banked in a running 38-footer as the buzzer sounded.
Westbrook’s rebounds, Adams’ contributions key
After an off night in Salt Lake City, Westbrook was able to bounce back against the Timberwolves, scoring 31 points on 12-of-24 shooting, including a stellar 5-of-8 from three. He again tallied double-digit assists, with a team-high 10. Center Steven Adams was a key contributor for Oklahoma City with 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting, all of which came inside the restricted area. He had 13 rebounds, which included eight on the offensive end.
Points in the paint
After facing stifling interior defense on Saturday against the Utah Jazz, the Thunder were back to their bruising ways against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the paint. Last season, the Thunder averaged 49.6 points in the paint per game, second in the league. They passed that number for the first time this season, scoring 60 points in the paint.