NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at Minnesota
(Wednesday, January 7th)
Final Score: Minnesota 129, Oklahoma City 87
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Randy Foye tied a career high with 32 points and established a career mark with six three-pointers, as the Minnesota Timberwolves crushed the Oklahoma City Thunder, 129-87.
Al Jefferson added 21 points and 13 rebounds for the T'Wolves, who have won four straight games. Kevin Love had 16 points and tied a career high with 15 boards in the win.
Nick Collison tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who have alternated wins and losses for the last four games. Russell Westbrook logged 16 points and 12 assists in defeat. Kevin Durant had a season-low nine points.
Minnesota assumed a 42-24 lead after the first quarter and led 72-43 at the break.
"We didn't come with enough effort," said Durant. "We didn't make shots and they knocked 'em down."
Three free throws from Foye gave the T'Wolves a 98-66 cushion heading into the final 12 minutes.
"We have a lot of confidence, we got our swagger back," said Foye.
Already sitting on a 27-point lead early in the fourth, Mike Miller's three- pointer sparked a 12-0 Minnesota run. Rodney Carney's layup closed it out with 6:31 showing on the clock for a 112-73 lead for the home team, and the T'Wolves cruised to the win from there.
It was the second biggest win in franchise history for Minnesota, with the largest being a 127-74 win over Chicago on November 8, 2001...The 42 first- quarter points were a season-high for the T'Wolves...The T'Wolves held the rebounding edge, 57-38...Minnesota has won six of eight on the heels of a 13-game losing streak...Thunder center Nenad Krstic played his first game for Oklahoma City since being signed as a free agent on December 30, and scored six points in 14 1/2 minutes...Minnesota had just four wins at Christmas and is now 10-25...The two teams have split a pair of games in Oklahoma City this season with the T-Wolves winning 105-103 in the most recent encounter on November 28. Overall, Minnesota is just 5-12 at Target Center...The Thunder are 1-16 on the road this year.
01/07 22:57:38 ET