By Wade Haugen
Adams posts career high
Steven Adams took matters into his own hands Friday night, finishing with 27 points and six rebounds on 11-of-11 shooting. Adams outdueled Karl Anthony Towns, who is seen by many as the best up-and-coming big-man prospect in the league. For the Thunder to sustain success, Adams needs to continue being a force down low.
This was Oklahoma City’s first win this season by less than nine points. It has struggled in close games all season. Seven of the Thunder’s 12 losses have come when they have led by double digits. On Friday night, Minnesota pulled within three points with 4 minutes left. However, OKC prevailed and finished the game out, winning 111-107.
Getting over the hump
OKC finally figured out how to beat the Timberwolves, a team in which they had lost twice to this season by a combined five points. The victory improved the Thunder’s overall record to 9-12. Although this season hasn’t gone as expected, this is a win OKC could potentially build off going forward.