Westbrook's triple-double lifts Thunder past Wolves 132-126
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 08, 2019 06:45 AM
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jared Terrell (3) during the first half of a NBA basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)
By Patrick Donnelly, Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 132-126 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Paul George also scored 27 points and Dennis Schroder had 14 of his 21 in the fourth quarter as the Thunder remained a half-game ahead of San Antonio for seventh place in the Western Conference.
Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 35 points, while Andrew Wiggins scored 24 and Dario Saric added 23. Tyus Jones scored 10 points and tied his career high with 13 assists for.
Oklahoma City entered the fourth quarter trailing 97-95, but Schroder scored the final 10 points in a 12-0 run that vaulted the Thunder into a 109-101 lead. Minnesota didn't get closer than four the rest of the way.
The Thunder opened the game by making five of their first six shots and led by 14 before Minnesota pushed back and cut the deficit to 38-31 after one. Westbrook and Terrance Ferguson scored nine apiece as the Thunder hit 7-of-13 three-point attempts.
Trailing 43-34 early in the second, the Wolves went on a 12-3 run to tie the score on Anthony Tolliver's three-pointer.
Later, Towns hit four free throws in an 8-2 run that put Minnesota on top 60-58, but Nerlens Noel and Jerami Grant hit back-to-back shots in the final minute to give the Thunder a 62-60 lead at the break.
Oklahoma City made its first six shots of the third quarter, including a three-pointer and a dunk on consecutive possessions by George. But Wiggins kept Minnesota afloat by making three straight jump shots. Then after Towns dunked twice, Saric hit four straight three-pointers to put Minnesota on top 89-83.
George then scored eight points in the final 40 seconds to cut Minnesota's lead to 97-95 after three.
Thunder: The victory helped Oklahoma City avoid being swept by the Wolves this season. Minnesota had won the first three in the series this year. ... George has 288 three-pointers this season, the fifth highest single-season total for any player in NBA history. ... Westbrook's triple-double was his 32nd of the season.
Timberwolves: Before the game the Timberwolves honored Jones with the Flip Saunders Legacy Award for his contributions to the community. ... Minnesota has scored at least 100 points in a team-record 29 straight games.
Thunder: Host Houston on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Timberwolves: Host Toronto on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).