Rick Adelman exhibited little empathy for the opposition before Friday night's game at Oklahoma City, and he probably felt even less after the Thunder stopped the sky from falling by beating his Timberwolves 127-111. Last season's NBA finalists arrived at Chesapeake Arena as losers of three consecutive games, a disaster that led Thunder coach Scott Brooks to quip before the game, "It's tough to be the Thunder right now, huh?" The 127 points are the most allowed by the Wolves this season, by 13 points. Adelman gladly would swap problems after the Thunder thumped his guys. The tag-team combination of all-stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined for 64 points, while Wolves couldn't get a stop and were flabbergasted, flummoxed, appalled, dumbfounded, perplexed, disgusted and left incredulous by the officiating all evening. "What's their record?" Adelman asked on a night when the Thunder went to 40-15 while his team lost for the 17th time in 21 games. "I have no sympathy at all." Brooks had blamed that ridiculous three-game losing streak to Utah, Miami and Houston -- one shy of the franchise's longest since its first season in Oklahoma City in 2008-09, when it started 3-29 before abruptly changing course -- on his team's defense, or rather its lack of it. He declared himself "not thrilled" with said defense again Friday night, but it doesn't matter as much when your team runs -- and scores -- at will and reaches 100 points before third quarter's end. Westbrook and Durant each approached a triple double. Westbrook had 37 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, while Durant had 27 points, seven assists and seven boards. Kevin Martin scored 19 points off the bench. The Wolves trailed by five points with 1.8 seconds left before halftime, then surrendered a 9-0 Thunder run that ended the second quarter and began the third quarter after Luke Ridnour fouled Westbrook's desperation three-pointer to end the half and Westbrook made all three shots.
Wolves overcome by Thunder's star power
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 23