NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, February 5th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (24-24) at Oklahoma City Thunder (39-11), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Oklahoma City Thunder can become the NBA's first 40-
win team of the season Wednesday night when they welcome the Minnesota
Timberwolves to Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder had a 10-game winning streak snapped on Saturday night in
Washington by the Wizards, but they started a new one Monday with an 86-77
home win over the red-hot Memphis Grizzlies.
The Thunder weren't the only ones starting a new streak.
Kevin Durant poured in 31 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out eight
assists in the victory. Durant scored 26 points in his last two games after
registering at least 30 in 12 straight outings. He finished 11-of-21 from the
floor for the Thunder,
Serge Ibaka added 21 points and 12 boards in the win.
"I thought we did a good job of playing tough defensive basketball. Sometimes
you have to play different styles to get a win," Thunder head coach Scott
OKC has won seven straight at home and eight in a row at home against
The Timberwolves halted a two-game slide on Tuesday night with a 109-99 home
win over the sagging Los Angeles Lakers, who welcomed two-time MVP Steve Nash
back to the lineup.
Kevin Love scored 31 points and pulled down 17 rebounds, and the Timberwolves
ran out to a big lead before securing the victory at Target Center.
Kevin Martin tied a season-high with 32 points for the Timberwolves, who beat
the Lakers for just the third time in the last 29 matchups. Corey Brewer and
J.J. Barea each scored 11.
"It was a good win to get," Minnesota head coach Rick Adelman said. "They came
at us in the second half, we did the things we had to do to get the win."
The Wolves held a 25-point lead during the second quarter before the Lakers
came charging. They never got closer than seven, but the Wolves had to tighten
things on the defensive end.
Minnesota suffered a bit of a scare. Love collapsed to the floor with 4:10
left in the game when he drove to the hoop before being fouled by Robert
Sacre. Love's rear hit the deck hard and he grabbed his tailbone in obvious
pain. After a timeout, Love was back on the floor and made both his free throw
The Thunder have taken two of three matchups this season and 16 of the last 19
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