For one of those rare moments this season, the Timberwolves displayed the characteristics of a team making a push for the NBA playoffs. Of course, there will be no postseason for the Wolves, but they showed the Oklahoma City Thunder and a crowd of 18,121 that they can limit one of the game's elite scorers when they need to and use an inside attack to control tempo. Those are trademarks of playoff teams, and the Wolves put both elements together to stun Oklahoma City 101-93 on Friday night, March 29, at Target Center. NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant had a game-high 36 points for the Thunder, but he made only five baskets in the second half and three in the fourth quarter thanks to effective harassment by Andrei Kirilenko, Dante Cunningham and Ricky Rubio. And when the Wolves (26-45) needed some inside muscle to keep the Thunder from igniting fast breaks, they turned to center Nikola Pekovic, who delivered 22 points and 15 rebounds, seven on the offensive boards.
Timberwolves hit rare high note in convincing win over Thunder
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Mar 30