When the Minnesota Timberwolves refused to go away, like they seem to do so often against Oklahoma City, the Thunder's two-man team of All-Stars took it upon themselves to put them away.
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant overpowered the Wolves in a 127-111 Thunder win on Friday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Westbrook scored a game- and season-high 37 points, and Durant added 27 points to help OKC snap a season-long, three-game losing streak and deliver the Thunder its 40th win of the year.
The Thunder led by as many as 18 points and never trailed, though those facts belied how much of a contest Minnesota managed to make it despite still being without star forward Kevin Love due to a broken hand.
At halftime, the Thunder led by only eight points. Minnesota had just manufactured a 35-point second quarter in which it shot 62.5 percent and ripped apart all the defensive improvement the Thunder showed in the opening period, intensity that's been absent for much of the past month. That's when Durant and Westbrook came alive.
Thunder beats Minnesota to snap three-game skid
The Oklahoman | Feb 23