Kendrick Perkins couldn't explain it.

No one could, really.

“They played well,” Perkins said, over and over, of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

And the Thunder didn't.

That's about what Friday's 101-93 loss inside the Target Center boiled down to for Oklahoma City.

“I don't think we did a great job of executing on either end of the floor,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “We have a level that we want to play every night and sometimes we don't get to that level. Tonight was a night that we didn't get to that level.”

Against a Wolves team with nothing left to play for outside of pride and the possibility of a few additional lottery balls, the Thunder got trounced, taken to the woodshed in just about every way.

Minnesota, despite missing injured star Kevin Love, still managed to manhandle OKC on the boards and score with relative ease inside the paint.

Wolves center Nikola Pekovic once again was a Lake Minnetonka-sized problem, scoring a team-high 22 points with a game-high 15 rebounds. He made 10 of 16 shots and corralled seven of Minnesota's 13 offensive rebounds, which led to 21 Wolves second-chance points.