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National Basketball Association
Minnesota 101, Oklahoma City 93
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, March 29, 2013
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Officials: #34 Kevin Cutler, #14 Ed Malloy, #65 Sean Wright
Attendance: 18121
Timberwolves 101, Thunder 93: Nikola Pekovic led the way with 22 points and 15 rebounds as host Minnesota stunned Oklahoma City.

Ricky Rubio added 17 points and Chase Budinger scored 13 off the bench for the Timberwolves, who earned a split of the four-game season series with the Thunder.

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 36 points and Russell Westbrook had 18 and nine assists as Oklahoma City had a three-game winning streak come to an end.

Durant’s dunk with 10:52 left in the game drew the Thunder within 82-79 but Oklahoma City went the next 5:51 without a field goal as Minnesota stretched it out. Cunningham and Pekovic combined for eight points to help push the lead to 92-81.

Serge Ibaka finally snapped the drought with a jumper and Durant scored four points to cut it to five. But the Timberwolves did not fold, hitting six free throws in the final 1:06 to close out the victory.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Ibaka finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for the Thunder. … Oklahoma City led the league in scoring average entering Friday but has been held under 100 in three of its last five games. … The Timberwolves have won three of their last five games and will play four of their next five at home.
Top Game Performances
Oklahoma City   Minnesota
Kevin Durant 36 Scoring Nikola Pekovic 22
Russell Westbrook 9 Assists Ricky Rubio 7
Serge Ibaka 11 Rebounds Nikola Pekovic 15
Kevin Durant 9 Free Throws Made Ricky Rubio 8
Reggie Jackson 2 Steals Ricky Rubio 4
Serge Ibaka 5 Blocks Andrei Kirilenko 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Oklahoma City 93 45.6 5-16 16-20 16 41 10 5 16
Minnesota 101 44.6 5-15 22-27 20 46 1 10 11
Upcoming Games
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Memphis. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .269 after a win and .422 after a loss.
  • Oklahoma City will play their next game on the road against Milwaukee. The Thunder have a W/L % of .704 after a win and .789 after a loss.