Late in a season that in many ways has seemed so lost, the Timberwolves joined some elite company with Friday’s 101-93 victory over Oklahoma City and, in doing so, moved their coach one triumph closer to doing the same.

Only five teams have beaten the mighty Thunder at least twice this season, and Friday the Wolves joined Miami, San Antonio, Denver and Memphis in the select club by stifling NBA leading scorer Kevin Durant and his teammates down the stretch on a night when Durant made eight of his first nine shots and only made five of his final 10.

In the season’s first meeting between the teams, the Wolves won by six points in a TNT game just before Christmas.

In the season’s final one two days before Easter, they persevered until the end and moved Rick Adelman within three victories of becoming the eighth coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 wins.

Of course, in between they lost twice in Oklahoma City, but …

“We want to get his 1,000th win,” Wolves forward Derrick Williams said. “We want to get him past 1,000.”

They have 11 games left to do so and now are one game closer to that end after a night in which Wolves guard Ricky Rubio kicked an empty chair, slammed a ball down in disgust and his teammates seemed to follow right along with his intensity.