The Oklahoma City Thunder captured their second straight home win Wednesday night beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-97.
Kevin Durant put on an all-around show scoring 26 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists.
The Timberwolves were playing with a somewhat depleted roster and on the second night of a back-to-back. Kevin Love missed the game after injuring his back last night vs. the Lakers and the T-Wolves were also without starting center Nikola Pekovic.
Minnesota led early on and wasn’t allowing the Thunder to go through the motions to get this win.
A fortunate moment and potential turning point in terms of momentum came on the final play of the third quarter. Derek Fisher show a three-point shot too long, but Minnesota rookie Gorgui Dieng goaltended and tipped the shot in to let the Thunder take an 80-77 lead into the fourth quarter. Then on the first possession of the fourth, Jeremy Lamb made a three and OKC went up six points.
A big lift for the Thunder came off the bench in the form of Derek Fisher, who totaled 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 3-of-5 three-point attempts.
Starting point guard Reggie Jackson had his way against the Timberwolves defense for most of the night. He scored 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting and dished out nine assists.
Perry Jones also saw a lot of burn, scoring six points in 22 minutes and the Thunder were plus-nine while he was on the floor.
The Thunder (40-11) will be on the road vs. the Orlando Magic for their next game Friday night at 6 p.m. CST.