OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder got caught overlooking a short-handed opponent once. Not twice. Kevin Durant scored 26 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and the Thunder pulled away for a 106-84 victory Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, who were without All-Star forward Kevin Love and four other injured players. Oklahoma City had lost its last game on a buzzer-beater against a last-place Washington team saddled by injuries to its top three players. Thunder coach Scott Brooks mentioned before shootaround that Minnesota was in a similar situation as Washington, and his team left nothing to chance. ”Everybody locked in and focused in on Minnesota tonight,” Brooks said. ”I was glad they came out, and I knew they would. We’ve always been a team that takes pride in how we play, and they did tonight.” The Thunder took control with a string of seven straight points early in the second half and stretched their lead to 24 before pulling Durant, Westbrook and the other starters with 5:44 remaining. ”We don’t really change anything different when we have a bad game,” said Durant, who blocked four shots. ”Every time we lose and we don’t play well defensively, it’s just… Read full this story
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