Sunday’s matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Oklahoma City Thunder is the first of four games that these two teams would play against each other. Each team is coming off of a game against the Utah Jazz, the Thunder losing to the Jazz as the Timberwolves defeated the Jazz. The Thunder would hope to avoid their second straight loss as they hosted the Timberwolves at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Timberwolves would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field as a team while limiting the Thunder to forty-six percent. 2015 Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins would drop ten points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field. He would connect for a three-pointer while grabbing three defensive rebounds and dishing off two assists. Taj Gibson ended up shooting seventy-five percent from the field as he scored six points. Karl-Anthony Towns would be limited to thirty-three percent shooting from the field as he dropped two points but he did manage to get three rebounds.
As for the home team, Steven Adams would shoot eighty percent from the field as he tallies up eight points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds. Carmelo Anthony ended up shooting fifty percent from the field as he scored six points. Paul George would be limited to only four points in the nine minutes that he played but he did manage to pull down two defensive rebounds. Russell Westbrook only scored two points but he did record one defensive rebound and two assists as the Timberwolves ended the first quarter with a 28 to 23 lead.
During the second period, the Thunder would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field as the Minnesota team shot fifty-two percent. South Carolina-native Raymond Felton would come off the bench to put up ten points, six of them coming from beyond the arc. Westbrook chalked up seven more points while pulling down two defensive rebounds and dishing off two assists. George and Anthony would be limited to two points each as Steven Adams recorded six points, along with two offensive rebounds and one offensive rebound.
Karl-Anthony Towns would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field as he scored eleven points, adding four rebounds to go along with it. New-shooting guard Jimmy Butler shot forty percent from the field but was only limited to four points. Gorgui Dieng would come off of the bench to collect four points for himself. Gibson would be limited to only a three-pointer but it was still the Timberwolves who entered halftime with a 61 to 54 lead.
The Minnesota team would go on a 27 to 21 run in the third as they shot forty percent from the field, limiting the Thunder to thirty-two percent from the field. Towns continue to impress as he shoots seventy-five percent from the field, chalking up seven points which would include one three-pointer. Butler contributed with seven more points which would include three from beyond the arc. Jeff Teague would collect two defensive rebounds and three assists as Taj Gibson pulled down one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds.
On the other end of the court, Carmelo Anthony ended up dropping seven points which included one three-pointer. Westbrook would shoot sixty percent from the field as he gets seven points, as well, along with one defensive rebound and three assists. Paul George would put up five points as he shots only thirty-three percent from the field. Steven Adams would be held scoreless but he would manage to gobble up three offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound as the Minnesota Timberwolves went into the last quarter with an 88-75 advantage.
The Oklahoma team would respond with a huge 38 to 27 run in the fourth quarter as they shot fifty-six percent from the field. The Timberwolves ended up shooting fifty percent from the field as Andrew Wiggins dropped twelve points while grabbing one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound. Karl-Anthony Towns would contribute with seven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He would also connect for a three-pointer in the process while Butler would be limited to two points.
On the other end of the floor, Westbrook would heat up for fifteen points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field. Carmelo Anthony would play ten minutes as he scored eight points, hitting one three-pointer in the process. George played for the entire quarter but would only be limited to a three-pointer. He would happen to pull down one defensive rebound while dishing off four assists.
With thirty seconds left in the quarter, Westbrook would nail a three-pointer to tie the game up at 110 apiece. Towns would then take the ball and drive towards the basket to put in a layup, giving the visiting team a two-point lead. Out of a Thunder timeout, Carmelo Anthony would connect for a three-point jump shot to give the Thunder a one-point lead. But it was Wiggins who took the ball across the court to knock down a three-pointer, giving the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115 to 113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Karl-Anthony Towns finished the game with twenty-seven points, twelve rebounds, and one assist. Andrew Wiggins would also finish with twenty-seven points, along with seven rebounds and four assists. Russell Westbrook ended up with thirty-one points, five rebounds and ten assists.