OKC Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Game Grades

Feb 22, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Martin (23) handles the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Alexy Shved (1) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder snapped their three-game losing streak Friday night beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 127-111 at Chesapeake Energy Arena to improve to 40-15 on the year.

The Thunder were shooting 65 percent from the field after three quarters thanks to a 73 percent shooting effort in the third period in which they outscored Minnesota 34-25.

OKC would go 9-for-14 on threes for the game and make all 22 of their free throws.

The Thunder will be off tonight and back in action tomorrow night at home vs. the Chicago Bulls.

Here are the Game Grades:

Kevin Durant – 37 minutes, 27 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists – A

Durant was in distributor mode again last night resulting in seven dimes. He did turn the ball over four times as he still needs to improve his decision-making on some of the passes he is trying. KD made all eight of his free throw attempts and shot over 50 percent from the field.

Russell Westbrook – 35 minutes, 37 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds – A+

This was one of Westbrook’s best games of the year as he scored a season-high 37. He always seems to be very aggressive against the Timberwolves and that is because he sees their point guards as inferior defenders on him. He went 13-for-22 from the field and good luck beating the Thunder when Westbrook does that.

Serge Ibaka – 27 minutes, 6 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks – C+

It wasn’t a big night for Ibaka who only took four shots and made three of them. With Westbrook looking for his shot so often, it resulted in less looks for Ibaka.

Kevin Martin – 25 minutes, 19 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist – B+

Scoring 19 points in 25 minutes is always a very good thing. Amazingly, Martin would foul out for the first time this season though. He went 7-for-11 from the field and made 2-of-4 threes.

Kendrick Perkins – 25 minutes, 10 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block – B+

Perkins returned from missing the last game with a sprained right knee and looked very good. He made 4-of-6 shots including a few very tough ones and was a force on defense all night. He’s always going to be open on offense and Durant found him many times and Perkins made the most of those opportunities either scoring or swinging the ball around.

Thabo Sefolosha – 34 minutes, 7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists – B

Sefolosha was coming off a career-high 28 points on Wednesday night in Houston. He was much quieter last night but still solid. He scored a little and played great defense. His passing felt particularly effective although he only ended up with two assists.

Nick Collison – 17 minutes, 8 points, 4 assists – B+

Collison didn’t get any rebounds and the Timberwolves played the Thunder even in his 17 minutes. Collison had four assists which is always a great sign for the Thunder second unit that they are moving the ball around nicely.

Reggie Jackson – 13 minutes, 3 points, 4 assists, 1 steal – B

Jackson continues to look very good each game he plays. Last night he was passing it real well and getting his dimes off dribble penetration. He made the one three he attempted and did not turn the ball over once.

Hasheem Thabeet – 10 minutes, 4 points, 3 rebounds – B

Thabeet went 2-for-2 from the field and didn’t block a shot for the first time in what feels like forever.

Perry Jones, DeAndre Liggins, Jeremy Lamb and Daniel Orton all played a few minutes at the end of the game.

Topics: Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder

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