Minnesota 99, Oklahoma City 93

Date - Thursday, December 20, 2012 7:00 PM
Location - Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Officials - #17 Joe Crawford, #26 Pat Fraher, #58 Josh Tiven
Attendance - 17114

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Oklahoma City 18 26 25 24 93
Minnesota 30 23 23 23 99

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Oklahoma City 21-5 14-2 7-3 L1
Minnesota 13-11 8-3 5-8 W1


Timberwolves 99, Thunder 93:
Kevin Love scored 28 points, Nikola Pekovic added 24 and host Minnesota never trailed in snapping Oklahoma City's 12-game winning streak.

Jose Barea scored 14 of his 18 points, including three 3-pointers, in the fourth quarter after the Thunder cut the lead to 76-75 early in the period. The defeat, which dropped Oklahoma City's league-best record to 21-5, was its first since losing to Boston on Nov. 23.

Kevin Durant scored 33 points to lead the Thunder. Russell Westbrook added 30 points, but was 9-for-28 from the field and committed 11 turnovers. Kevin Martin, who averages 15.7 points, missed the game because of a right quad contusion.

Love had 11 rebounds while Pekovic pulled down 10 as the Timberwolves snapped a 12-game losing streak against Oklahoma City with their first win over the Thunder since a 129-87 rout on Jan. 7, 2009. Love took a shot to the face during the game and planned to have his eye checked afterward.

Alexey Shved scored 12 points and had 12 assists as Minnesota completed back-to-back games against teams that reached the NBA Finals last season. The Timberwolves lost at Miami on Tuesday. Love scored 11 points in the first quarter to help Minnesota build a 14-point lead.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Durant was whistled for a technical after being charged with an offensive foul with 2:24 remaining in the game. .... Minnesota PG Ricky Rubio was scoreless with three assists in 18 minutes.  ... The Timberwolves waived F Josh Howard after an MRI exam revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Howard, who averaged 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds, was injured on Dec. 14.

Top Game Performances

Oklahoma City   Minnesota
Kevin Durant 33 Scoring Kevin Love 28
Russell Westbrook 9 Assists Alexey Shved 12
Russell Westbrook 11 Rebounds Kevin Love 11
Russell Westbrook 11 Free Throws Made Kevin Love 6
Thabo Sefolosha 4 Steals Luke Ridnour 2
Serge Ibaka 5 Blocks Kevin Love 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Oklahoma City 93 40.2 5-20 22-26 17 43 6 10 16
Minnesota 99 44.0 9-20 16-23 27 45 6 6 15

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against New York. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .538 after a win and .545 after a loss.
  • Oklahoma City will play their next game on the road against Miami . The Thunder have a W/L % of .773 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
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