With 3.8 seconds showing on the game clock, Kendrick Perkins grabbed the biggest rebound of the night. As he clutched the ball, securing it on the baseline between two defenders, he saw his savior out of the corner of his eye.

It was Kevin Durant.

But Perkins didn't want a bailout. With his team nursing a tenuous two-point lead inside the hostile Target Center, Perkins boldly decided against passing to his scoring champ of a teammate.

"I said, 'Nah, I'm 'bout to ice this," Perkins remembered thinking.

On a night in which the Thunder's big three of Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden combined for 74 percent of the team's scoring, it was Perkins whose clutch play sealed a 104-100 nail biter at Minnesota on Monday night.

Perkins, a 60-percent career free throw shooter, calmly stepped to the line and delivered on his decision by canning two foul shots with three seconds remaining to spoil the Wolves' season opener.