The Minnesota Timberwolves minimize a double-digit Thunder result in one possession with lower than a minute to play, however Paul George hit two free throws with 5.2 seconds to play because the Thunder (9-12) closed out a 111-107 win Friday night time, Dec. 1, at Chesapeake Power Area.
George had 36 factors and Oklahoma Metropolis middle Steven Adams had 27.
Andrew Wiggins’ three-pointer with 9.eight seconds to go had Minnesota (thirteen-10) as shut because it had been because the first quarter, however in contrast to the Timberwolves’ final journey to Oklahoma Metropolis—when Wiggins banked in a recreation-profitable three-pointer on the buzzer — the Thunder put this one out of attain.
It appeared like Thunder star Russell Westbrook was able to take over within the remaining minutes.
He drove for a troublesome layup with 2:10 to go, placing the Thunder up 103-ninety eight. He answered a pair of Wiggins free throws with two of his personal to place the lead again at 5 with simply over a minute to go.
Adams, suffering from foul hassle within the second half, grabbed an offensive rebound of a Westbrook miss and put it in with 26.2 seconds to go.
With Wiggins and Jimmy Butler scoring shortly for Minnesota, the Thunder stored discovering methods to take care of a small cushion.
Oklahoma Metropolis constructed a sixty four-fifty four halftime lead behind 17 factors from Adams and 15 from George. Butler led Minnesota with eleven on the half.
The Thunder survived the third quarter, which has been problematic for Oklahoma Metropolis this season, notably when within the lead. Karl-Anthony Cities helped Minnesota reduce into the benefit, however Oklahoma Metropolis remained in management, up eighty five-seventy nine beginning the fourth quarter.
NOTES: Oklahoma Metropolis snapped a 3-recreation dropping streak and has gained two of its final seven video games, the opposite towards Golden State. … OKC scored forty two first-quarter factors, its most within the opening quarter all season. … Thunder G Andre Roberson and Timberwolves F Karl-Anthony Cities collided brow-to-brow simply over three minutes into the sport. Each gamers required stitches and returned later within the half. … Minnesota F Taj Gibson confronted Oklahoma Metropolis for the second time this season. He performed 23 video games for the Thunder final season after being traded from Chicago, however opted to not re-signal with Oklahoma Metropolis within the offseason.