Thunder storms past Wolves in fourth quarter, prevails 113-103

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 2, 2013 - 6:36 AM

Kevin Durant had a triple-double -- 32 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists -- to help Oklahoma City pull away.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — Leading throughout three quarters, the Timberwolves on Sunday discovered in a 113-103 loss that this isn’t the same Oklahoma City team they faced just a month ago.

Back then, the Wolves — and Corey Brewer’s exhaustive effort —took away superstar Kevin Durant from a Thunder team missing injured Russell Westbrook and the Target Center visitors had no other answers during a 19-point thumping.

On Sunday, the Wolves led by nine points after six minutes, by 11 points in the second quarter and still by five after three quarters. Then they watched it all come completely apart in a fourth quarter when the Thunder outscored them 35-20, including 25-7 to start while Wolves stars Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio mostly were on the bench getting some rest and coach Rick Adelman experimented with his defense.

While the Wolves played their eighth game in their sixth city during the same time, the Thunder ended a two-week, six-game homestand Sunday by remaining perfect at home this season at 9-0.

“They took control of it,” Wolves coach Rick Adelman said. “They did what they had to do. That’s a team that’s been together for a while, and they know each other and they know what it takes. They turned it up in the fourth quarter. We need to experience that and respond to that next time.”

A month ago, Durant made just four of 11 shots and scored 13 points, still a season low for him. On Sunday, he delivered his fourth career triple-double with a 32-point, 12-assist, 10-rebound game that included four blocks and four steals as well. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first NBA player since blocks and steals became official stats 40 years ago to record a 20-12-10-4-4 game.

“You never know when K.D. is going to go off,” said Wolves guard Kevin Martin, who returned to Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday after playing with the Thunder there last season. “That’s what he does.”

A month ago, Westbrook still was sidelined by a knee injury sustained in last spring’s playoffs that required two surgeries to repair. On Sunday, he scored eight of his 19 points in the final quarter, but sat and watched while Reggie Jackson teamed with Durant to score 13 of the Thunder’s first 18 points in the fourth.

Jackson was inconsequential when the teams played last month. On Sunday, he got to the basket at will, scoring 18 points off the bench as his team’s reserves outscored their counterparts 39-23.

“When he and Westbrook are playing well on top of Durant, that adds a whole new dynamic to their team,” Love said.

Adelman paired newcomer Luc Mbah a Moute with like-minded defender Dante Cunningham in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s victory at Dallas with considerable success. On Sunday, he tried it again, but this time against an experienced Thunder team that used a smallish lineup to exploit the absence of both Love and Rubio to start the quarter.

By the time Love and Rubio checked back in for Mbah a Moute and J.J. Barea with 5:39 left, the Wolves had gone from up five points to down six.

The Thunder quickly ran its lead to as many as 14 points after that.

“We’re playing with people who haven’t played together,” Adelman said. “It’s one of those things we have to live with right now. I had to get Kevin Love rest. He played the [entire] third quarter. He was really tired. That’s the way it is. They turned it up and were very physical. We have to learn from that. You have to play with physicality and you’re not going to get calls.”

  • related content

  • Martin enjoyed his time, return to Oklahoma City

    Monday December 2, 2013

    OKLAHOMA CITY – As homecomings go, Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin’s return to Oklahoma City on Sunday didn’t require a hankie...

  • Wolves-Thunder game recap

    Monday December 2, 2013

    GAME RECAPIMPACT PLAYERKevin Durant, ThunderThe All-Star forward had a triple-double, scoring 32 points on 14-for-21 shooting, grabbing 10 rebounds and...

  • Video: Postgame video: Thunder rallies for the win

    Monday December 2, 2013

    Fourth quarter is difference for Wolves team that didn't trail until then but got outscored 25-7 to start final...

  • Thunder star Kevin Durant shot over Kevin Love during Sunday night's game in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant shot over Kevin Love and Corey Brewer for two of his 32 points.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Los Angeles - WP: C. Kershaw 14 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson 5
Boston - A. Webster 6:05 PM
Baltimore - K. Gausman
Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - J. Locke
Toronto - M. Buehrle 6:05 PM
NY Yankees - H. Kuroda
Washington - D. Fister 6:10 PM
Miami - T. Koehler
Chicago WSox - J. Quintana 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - J. Hellickson
NY Mets - Z. Wheeler 6:35 PM
Atlanta - J. Teheran
Cleveland - T. Bauer 7:10 PM
Minnesota - P. Hughes
Detroit - J. Verlander 7:10 PM
Kansas City - J. Vargas
Seattle - T. Walker 7:10 PM
Houston - B. Peacock
Arizona - C. Anderson 7:10 PM
Colorado - J. Lyles
Cincinnati - D. Holmberg 7:15 PM
St. Louis - J. Lackey
Philadelphia - D. Buchanan 8:35 PM
Oakland - J. Lester
Texas - L. Bonilla 9:05 PM
LA Angels - H. Santiago
San Francisco - T. Hudson 9:10 PM
San Diego - O. Despaigne
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Washington
(5) Auburn 20 FINAL
(20) Kansas State 14
Connecticut 7:00 PM
So Florida
Old Dominion 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Rice
Troy 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Georgia Tech 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Virginia Tech
Eastern Mich 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Iowa 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Maryland 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Syracuse
Tulane 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Duke
Hawaii 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Marshall 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Carolina 9/20/14 2:30 PM
East Carolina
Army 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Virginia 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(21) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 9/20/14 2:30 PM
SMU
Rutgers 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Central Mich 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Kansas
Utah 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(3) Alabama
Louisville 9/20/14 2:30 PM
FIU
Fla Atlantic 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Indiana 9/20/14 3:00 PM
(18) Missouri
San Jose St 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Minnesota
Texas State 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Illinois
Massachusetts 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Penn State
Georgia State 9/20/14 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 9/20/14 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 9/20/14 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 9/20/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 9/20/14 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 9/20/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9/20/14 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(25) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(12) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:00 AM
NC State
Duke 9/27/14 2:00 AM
Miami-Florida
North Carolina 9/27/14 2:00 AM
(22) Clemson
Colorado 9:00 PM
Real Salt Lake
Toronto 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Edmonton 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Montreal 9/26/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 9/26/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/27/14 5:30 PM
Winnipeg
Brt Columbia 9/27/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How many games will the Timberwolves win this season?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close