Five takeaways from the Thunder's win at the Timberwolves
The Thunder logged a fifth consecutive victory with a 113-104 win against the Timberwolves on Saturday night at Target Center.
Here are five takeaways from the game:
Thunder rookie Luguentz Dort notched his first career double-digit scoring game.
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Dort scored eight of his 10 points in the third quarter. He contributed to a 39-point Thunder third quarter.
Dort shot 2-of-4 from behind the arc.
Fellow rookie Darius Bazley scored 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Bazley collected six rebounds.
Bazley was responsible for two of the biggest shots of the game. He drilled a 3-pointer that snapped a 9-0 Timberwolves run early in the third quarter. Bazley finished a circus layup in the fourth quarter that ended another Timberwolves run.
Bazley and Dort started together for the first time.
Bazley and Dort contributed to a 52-20 Thunder bench scoring advantage.
Dennis Schroder led OKC’s reserves with 26 points.
Steven Adams returned to the Thunder starting lineup after missing the last two games with a left ankle sprain. He was scoreless with just one rebound in 23 minutes.
Reserve center Nerlens Noel was out. Noel underwent surgery to repair a fracture to the zygomatic arch in his left cheek, the Thunder announced Saturday.
With Noel out and Justin Patton recently traded away, Adams and Mike Muscala were the Thunder’s only available centers.
Guards Terrance Ferguson (personal reasons) and Abdel Nader (left ankle sprain) remained out.
Towns leads Timberwolves
Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns scored a game-high 37 points on 13-of-23 shooting.
Towns had 19 of the Timberwolves’ 22 points in the first quarter. He was responsible for half of the Timberwolves’ 48 halftime points.
The Thunder is 5-0 on the second night of its last five back-to-backs.
OKC moved to 28-19, just one game back of Dallas for sixth place in the Western Conference.
The Thunder’s five-game winning streak is best in the West.