Oklahoma City outlasts Minnesota, remains ahead of Spurs in standings
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 78 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Minnesota Timberwolves 115-110 Saturday night in Minneapolis.
Not too much defense was played, as the teams got up a combined 175 shots, making 82 of those. The Timberwolves shot 50 percent from the field for the game but only 64 percent from the free-throw line, going 22-34 from the strike.
The Thunder shot 64.7 percent from the line to help keep their one game lead over the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference standings, who also got a victory Saturday night, defeating Phoenix.
Thunder forward Kevin Durant had 7 rebounds to go along with his 43 points (15-23 from the field), and guard Russell Westbrook had 8 assists and 2 steals to go along with his 35 points (12-25 from the field).
The Timberwolves were without their star power forward Kevin Love, who missed his second game as he recovers from a concussion, and have been without starting point guard Ricky Rubio for much of the season, but still they were able to find enough firepower to keep up with the Thunder.
Point guard J. J. Barea finished with 24 points and 10 assists, while forward Michael Beasley contributed 26 points and 6 rebounds and forward Anthony Randolph had 22 points and 11 rebounds.
But Minnesota, who has already been eliminated from playoff contention as this season draws itself to a close, was outrebounded 53-39, and that combined with their poor free-throw shooting led to the loss.
The Thunder have a big game Monday night when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers on the road, while Minnesota plays its next game versus the Indiana Pacers on Monday night on the road.