The Minnesota Timberwolves dropped their second consecutive game to a Western Conference opponent, this time to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Minnesota Timberwolves‘ first loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder came in heartbreaking fashion after squandering a lead in the final seconds.
This time around, the result wasn’t nearly as questionable in the final moments.
The Wolves actually led by a 33-30 margin after the first quarter hung around for the entirety of the first half, only trailing by three points at the break. But the Thunder used a third quarter surge to get on top for good, and their double-digit advantage held up for the remainder of the game.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a double-double before a full minute had gone by in the third quarter and pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds to go with his 20 points and 10 assists as the Wolves’ backcourt simply had no answers.
Danilo Gallinari was the best frontcourt player in the game, for his part, scoring 30 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 11-of-12 from the free throw line
The Wolves simply couldn’t slow down the Thunder in any facet of the game. Chris Paul didn’t even score until early in the third quarter, simply because he didn’t need to.
Minnesota mustered just enough offense to hang around, and the game wasn’t put away until the final five minutes of the fourth quarter.
ANDREW WIGGINSWing, Minnesota Timberwolves
JARRETT CULVERGuard, Minnesota Timberwolves
ROBERT COVINGTONForward, Minnesota Timberwolves
GORGUI DIENGCenter, Minnesota Timberwolves
SHABAZZ NAPIERGuard, Minnesota Timberwolves
NAZ REIDCenter, Minnesota Timberwolves
Outside of Reid, nobody else on the bench scored more than six points. Josh Okogie was quite good defensively, per usual, but only hoisted up four shots in 25 minutes, making two of them. He finished with six points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
Jeff Teague had six points and five assists off the bench. He was actually a +4 in 21 minutes but struggled defensively against the Thunder’s impressive backcourt.
The Wolves will stay at home to host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT.