In a battle of two of the best scorers on Earth, Kevin Durant and company came out on top of the T Wolves in a 115-111 thriller.
Both Kevins were relatively quiet before the half, only shooting a combined 8-24 from the field in the first half. However, it was a different story in the second half.
Durant had 24 of his teams’ 38 points in the closing quarter, and sparked a run that led the Thunder to a victory over their division rival. Love played the entire second half, and played 43 minutes in the game. Durant also played 43 minutes.
The game slipped away due to Kevin Love’s free throw shooting. Love missed four free throws in the last 27 seconds of the game. The first free throw miss was with 27 seconds left, after being hacked in the right arm on a layup attempt by Serge Ibaka. The layup went in, but he could not convert the And 1. Then, with the final possession in the game, and the Wolves down by two, Love heaved a three pointer off the inbound pass from Ricky Rubio and was fouled which lead to three free throws. The first free throw hit the front part of the rim and rattled out. The second opportunity hit the back of the rim and bounced out. The two misses lead to Love intentionally missing on the third and the Wolves could not secure the rebound. Love could not ice the game with three attempts at the line.
The Timberwolves had a great balanced effort from their starting five. Love had 30 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. Pekovic had a team high 31 points along with 11 rebounds. Kevin Martin had 17 points and 6 rebounds. Corey Brewer registered 15 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Rubio was a stat sheet stuffer an had 13 points, 10 assists, 4 reb0unds, and 5 steals. The Timberwolves bench was simply awful. JJ Barea had 5 points. The Wolves bench had 5 points… Besides Barea, no one scored off the bench, and as a unit they shot 20% from the field. Compared to the Thunder’s 40 bench points, it is not a shocker that the Wolves lost.
Kevin Durant went off for a staggering 48 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals. Durant shot the ball well, shooting 16-32 (50%) from the field and 4-9 (44%) from behind the arc.
This game was a heart breaker for Wolves fans, and the Wolves should look to comeback from their tough loss in Philadelphia against the 76ers on Monday.