Sports.ws Game Report
[MINNESOTA] — The Minnesota Timberwolves played host to the Oklahoma City Thunder last night and the Wolves did everything that was asked of them, walking away with the 96-86 victory. The win bumps Minnesota's record up to 14-26 on the season, while the loss drags Oklahoma City's down to 24-17. Though a win's a win and Timberwolves fans will settle for whatever they can get their hands on, there's plenty of room for improvement in the future. Games likes these are essential for any team with bigger aspirations.
An impressive performance from Karl-Anthony Towns led all players in the contest and his 29 points, 17 rebounds, 1 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals in 36 minutes will make many-a-fantasy owner proud. Ask anybody, however - Towns included - and the most important part is that the Timberwolves walked away with the W. Each win adds up over the course of the season with the end goal being far more satisfying than a Tweetable stat line.
Though not quite able to steal the show, Russell Westbrook did a fine job leading his ultimately unsuccessful Thunder. Westbrook's 21 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists were one bright spot for the team that spun out in the matchup.
Minnesota's offensive contributions were complemented from a decent showing on the defensive end of the ball. While they didn't exactly shut down the visiting Thunder, they did limit them to a point total in line with their season average. Not every performance can be a home run, so the Wolves will settle for the upper hand in this one.
Up next for the reeling Wolves will be a date with the Dallas Mavericks while the visiting Thunder will look to bounce back in a matchup with the Sacramento Kings.
Towns 67.0 FP
Westbrook 52.5 FP
Rubio 51.0 FP
|Brett Dawson on Steven Adams|
Steven Adams is not just the anchor of the Thunder's defense but of its place in reality. https://t.co/YvvMnLf5FO
29 minutes ago
|OKC THUNDER on Russell Westbrook|
Russell Westbrook. 7 points, 4 boards in Q1. #NBAVOTE #OKCvsLAC https://t.co/TEdcpzW8CU
31 minutes ago
|Brett Dawson on Enes Kanter|
Enes Kanter this month has added passing out of the double-team and two-handed dunking to his repertoire.
32 minutes ago
|Brett Dawson on Anthony Morrow|
Anthony Morrow getting some second-quarter minutes. He hasn't played at all the past four games. About 9 minutes the past 7 games.
33 minutes ago
|Brett Dawson on Jerami Grant|
Thunder 3FGs in the first quarter: Jerami Grant 2-2, Westbrook 1-2, everybody else 0-8.
36 minutes ago
|OKC THUNDER on Joffrey Lauvergne|
Joffrey Lauvergne 💪💪@NBAonTNT #MLKDay https://t.co/GGmQ0gOQRl
37 minutes ago
|Royce Young on Steven Adams|
Clippers lead 34-25 after one. Westbrook 7 and 4 rebounds (0 assists). OKC clearly missing Steven Adams on the defensive end.
37 minutes ago
|Erik Horne on Andre Roberson|
Andre Roberson 17 footer? Ok then.
38 minutes ago
|Brett Dawson on Victor Oladipo|
Victor Oladipo off to an 0-6 shooting start, 0-2 3FGs. Thunder shooting 8-23, trailing Clippers 26-19, 2:34 1Q.
47 minutes ago
|OKC THUNDER on Jerami Grant|
👌👌Jerami Grant "connects" from three x 2. @USCellular highlight. #OKCvsLAC @NBAonTNT https://t.co/pDugs0xQAf
48 minutes ago
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