The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 22, 2013

Thunder ends losing streak


Enid News and Eagle

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook scored 37 points, Kevin Durant added 27 and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 127-111 on Friday night.

The Thunder avoided losing four in a row for the first time since April 2009, near the end of their first season in Oklahoma City, but made little progress in getting their defense back in order. Alexey Shved led Minnesota with 17 points, and Andrei Kirilenko and Dante Cunningham had 15 points apiece. The Timberwolves shot 53 percent in the first half but couldn’t keep up that pace and wound up hitting on 43 percent after halftime.

THUNDER 117, T-WOLVES 111

MINNESOTA (111) — Kirilenko 5-9 3-4 15, Williams 3-14 3-3 9, Pekovic 1-4 3-4 5,  Rubio 5-12 3-4 13, Ridnour 3-8 3-3 10, Barea 6-10 0-1 14,  Gelabale 0-2 0-0 0, Shved 7-12 2-2 17, Cunningham 7-9 1-2 15,  Stiemsma 4-5 5-6 13, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-85 23-29 111.

OKLAHOMA CITY (127) — Durant 9-17 8-8 27, Ibaka 3-4 0-0 6, Perkins 4-6 2-2 10,  Westbrook 13-22 9-9 37, Sefolosha 3-6 0-0 7, Thabeet 2-2 0-0 4,  Martin 7-11 3-3 19, Collison 4-6 0-0 8, Liggins 1-2 0-0 3,  Jackson 1-3 0-0 3, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Lamb 1-3 0-0 3, Orton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 48-83 22-22 127

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Minnesota    23    35    25    28    —    111

Oklahoma City    33    33    34    27    —    127



3-Point Goals—Minnesota 6-17 (Kirilenko 2-3, Barea 2-4, Ridnour 1-2,  Shved 1-5, Gelabale 0-1, Williams 0-2), Oklahoma City 9-14 (Westbrook  2-2, Martin 2-4, Durant 1-1, Jackson 1-1, Sefolosha 1-2, Lamb 1-2,  Liggins 1-2). Fouled Out—Barea, Martin. Rebounds—Minnesota 36 (Stiemsma  6), Oklahoma City 49 (Durant, Ibaka, Westbrook, Perkins 7).  Assists—Minnesota 26 (Rubio 9), Oklahoma City 28 (Westbrook 9). Total  Fouls—Minnesota 23, Oklahoma City 26. Technicals—Oklahoma City defensive  three second. A—18,203 (18,203).