Many negatives surrounded the Minnesota Timberwolves heading into Saturday night's game against the Thunder.

— The Timberwolves had lost eight straight, nine of their last 10 and mathematically had been eliminated from playoff contention in the Western Conference.

— Minnesota players had missed 158 games due to injury so far this season, forcing the Timberwolves to use 14 different starting lineups. (Conversely, OKC players had missed 99 games due to injury, forcing just four different starting lineups.)

— The biggest bummer of all: Minnesota came in having lost 24 consecutive games in April. Its last victory came at Golden State on April 8 … 2009. The Wolves' most recent April victory at the Target Center was an overtime win over Milwaukee on April 16 … 2008.

All this negativity could have been transformed into an unforgettably positive experience if Minnesota had been able to beat the team with the best record in the Western Conference.

Instead, OKC (44-16) barely managed to survive, which almost always seems to be the way it performs against the pesky Timberwolves (25-36).

The Thunder hung on for a 110-105 victory before a sellout crowd of 19,552 at the Target Center, which kept alive yet another negative for Minnesota.