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12/01/2013 11:02 PM EST
Durant has triple-double, Thunder beat Wolves
OKLAHOMA CITY 113, MINNESOTA 103
By MURRAY EVANS
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City may soon have to address the
issue of slow defensive starts that lead to double-digit
deficits. On Sunday, the Thunder just wanted to bask in another
comeback win and another historical statistical performance by
Durant recorded his first triple-double of the season with 32
points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Thunder rallied for
another fourth-quarter win, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves
Durant also added four blocked shots and four steals. According
to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first NBA player to record
30 or more points, 10 or more rebounds, 12 or more assists, four
or more steals and four or more blocks in the same game since
blocks and steals became official NBA stats during the 1973-74
"Kevin is a stat filler," coach Scott Brooks said. "He can do it
all and he has the ability to have large scoring nights,
rebounding, assists and steals and blocked shots. He's one of
the few guys that can do that. That's what makes us a good
defensive team, because he can guard not only his man, he can
guard multiple positions."
Oklahoma City extended its winning streak to seven games, tops
in the Western Conference, and moved to 9-0 on the season at
home, matching the franchise's longest home winning streak to
open a season, set in Seattle in 2004.
"You always want to play tough, aggressive defensive basketball
for 48 minutes," Brooks said. "We didn't do it tonight, but we
came back in the second half and made some adjustments and took
care of the things we thought were important. We have to play
much better going on the road."
Kevin Martin, in his return to Oklahoma City after joining
Minnesota during the offseason, led the Timberwolves with 24
points, while Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 10 rebounds. The
Thunder have beaten Minnesota eight straight times at home,
dating to the 2008-09 season, the franchise's first in Oklahoma
Minnesota led 83-78 entering the fourth quarter but wilted
against Oklahoma City's defense, scoring just 20 points.
Meanwhile, Durant had two of the Thunder's six 3-pointers in the
quarter and finished off his fourth career triple-double. His
previous three came last season.
Asked if a triple-double meant anything to him, Durant didn't
even mention his stat line during his answer, focusing instead
on his teammates' defensive effort.
"I'm glad we got the W," Durant said. "We came out a little
sluggish on the defensive end early on, but they started off 80
percent (from the field). Holding them to 41 percent from the
game was really big. I think our bigs did a good job of
frustrating the two bigs on the other end. We kind of fed off
Overcoming large deficits has been a Thunder specialty this
season. Oklahoma City rallied from double-digit, second-half
deficits in wins over Denver and Washington, and trailed by 11
points in the first half against the Timberwolves.
Durant and Jeremy Lamb each hit a 3-pointer during an 8-0 run by
Oklahoma City to start the fourth quarter, with Lamb's giving
the Thunder their first lead at 84-83. Reggie Jackson and Durant
later hit 3-pointers to put Oklahoma City up 94-88 with 7:48
left and the Thunder weren't threatened after that.
"Well, it was a tough game," Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said.
"I thought the boys played really well the first three quarters.
We competed and moved the ball. Fourth quarter, we just went
with that small lineup and had some miscommunication and they
kind of took control of the game then."
The Timberwolves routed Oklahoma City 100-81 in the second game
of the season, on Nov. 1, although the Thunder played without
All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook in that game. Westbrook
scored 19 points Sunday and Jackson came off the bench to finish
8 of 11 from the field and score 18 points, helping the Thunder
shoot a season-best 56.3 percent.
Serge Ibaka added 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocked
shots for Oklahoma City. Kevin Love had 16 points and 12
rebounds for Minnesota, hitting his first three 3-point attempts
in the first quarter but missing his other three attempts. Love
finished 4 of 14 from the field.
Minnesota led by as many as 11 points during a freewheeling
first half. Martin scored 17 points, while Durant countered with
20 points on 9-of-11 shooting for the Thunder, who shot 58
NOTES: As do most former Thunder players, when Martin was
introduced before the game, he received a polite round of
applause and a few cheers from the crowd at Chesapeake Energy
Arena . Oklahoma City C Kendrick Perkins and Pekovic both
received technical fouls after getting tangled up under the
Minnesota basket early in the third quarter . When Minnesota G
Ricky Rubio gave a "What? Me?" look after being called for a
first-quarter foul while guarding Westbrook, referee Joey
Crawford yelled at Rubio, "Don't be looking at me like that."
Rubio picked up his second foul soon after, also from Crawford .
Oklahoma City swept its season-high, six-game homestand. It's
just the second time the franchise has swept a homestand of six
games or longer. Seattle swept a seven-game homestand during the
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