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NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at Minnesota



(Saturday, January 4th)

Final Score: Oklahoma City 115, Minnesota 111

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant highlighted his 48-point night by hitting the go-ahead jumper with 4.0 seconds left that lifted the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 115-111 come-from-behind victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

With the game tied at 111-111, Durant dribbled off a screen and knocked through an 18-footer with the Timberwolves' Dante Cunningham in his face, with the basket enabling the Thunder to overcome a 13-point deficit with under 11 minutes left.

Minnesota had a chance for the win when Kevin Love was fouled by Kendrick Perkins on a 3-point attempt with 2.2 seconds remaining, but missed the first two foul shots before an intentional miss failed to hit the rim.

"We had three free throws to put us ahead, and two to tie it. It is just one of those things that happens. It happens to the best of the players," said T'Wolves coach Rick Adelman.

Durant poured in a remarkable 23 points in the final period to nearly single- handedly lead Oklahoma City back in its eighth consecutive triumph on the road. The Thunder entered Saturday's matchup off back-to-back home defeats to Portland and Brooklyn.

"There are many reasons why I love our guys. They play with a high competitive spirit. They understand that it is about the team and they don't like to lose," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.

Love finished with 30 points and 14 rebounds, while Nikola Pekovic amassed 31 points and 11 boards for Minnesota. Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer had 17 and 15 points, respectively, in the loss.

Trailing most of the game and down 92-79 early in the fourth quarter, the Thunder roared back as Durant caught fire. The All-Star forward racked up 13 points during a 14-2 run he capped with a beyond-the-arc jumper that cut the lead to 94-93 with 7:53 left to play.

Serge Ibaka's bank shot with 4:45 remaining drew Oklahoma City even at 100-100, and neither team led by more than four points over the duration as the outcome remained in doubt entering the final stages.

Love hit a spinning contested layup with 27 seconds to go to forge a 111-111 deadlock, setting the stage for Durant's heroics and Love's chance to send his team back ahead after Perkins got a piece of his arm. He misfired two straight times from the line, however, before Durant sealed the win by making two free throws with 1.8 seconds showing.

The Timberwolves closed out the first half on an 8-2 run to claim a 55-49 advantage at the break, then extended the margin by coming out strong to start the third quarter. Martin followed a Ricky Rubio layup with a basket off a Thunder turnover just over 3 1/2 minutes into the period, staking Minnesota to a double-digit lead at 65-54.

Oklahoma City closed within 70-67 when Durant converted a 3-point play with just over five minutes left in the third quarter, but Love and Pekovic led a 9-2 spurt and Minnesota carried an 87-77 lead into the fourth.

Love and Pekovic each netted eight points as Minnesota built a 30-26 edge after one quarter, but the Thunder opened the second with a 13-4 spurt to go up 39-34 following a Derek Fisher 3-pointer four minutes into the frame.

Game Notes

Oklahoma City's eight-game road win streak is the franchise's longest since the Seattle SuperSonics posted eight straight from Jan. 24-Feb. 27, 2002 ... Durant was held to a season-low 13 points in the Thunder's last visit to the Target Center, a 100-81 T-Wolves' victory on Nov. 1 ... Fisher finished with 13 points off the bench as the Thunder's reserves outscored Minnesota's by a 40-5 margin ... Rubio tallied 13 points and 10 assists ... Oklahoma City had lost in each of its three previous trips to Minneapolis.

01/05 01:17:35 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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