As the season is coming closer and closer, we’re going going to bring you our thoughts of the top 20 games since the Thunder moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City. We broke it down to about to about 50 games, and then narrowed it down to 20. We decided most were going to be wins, we had one game that was a loss in the top 20, and it’s easily the most memorable lost. Well, for me at least. Without further adieu:
When: November 2, 2008
Location: Oklahoma City, OK – Formerly Ford Center
Final Score: Oklahoma City Thunder 88, Minnesota Timberwolves 85
Big Players: Nick Collison 10 points, 10 rebounds
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In what would become the first win and home win for this young team, Oklahoma City used a last second hook shot by Nick Collison to give Oklahoma City the 88-85 lead with 16.5 sceonds left. Oklahoma City would hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves to secure their first win of the season. That improved them to 1-2 on the young 2008-2009 season.
Oklahoma City was reeling. Coming off two losses and low expectations, the Thunder welcomed also a Minnesota Timberwolves team that wasn’t expected to do much. Except, they were supposed to battle Oklahoma City for the bottom of the conference, division and league.
Oklahoma City only shot 42% but it was Collison who led the team throughout this game. He had 10 points and 10 rebounds on 4-for-8 shooting on the night. The reigning Rookie of the Year, Kevin Durant, struggled. He had 18 points on just 7-for-21 shooting.
Early in the first half, the Timberwolves seemed they were going to seize control of this game. They jumped on Oklahoma City in the second quarter with a 9-0 run to start the quarter. The T-Wolves would also have a nine point lead with 4:36 left until halftime. Then Oklahoma City closed the first half on a 14-6 run to get to within one point, 47-46 at the break.
They did it again. The Timberwolves jumped up on a 18-7 run to give them a 65-53 lead with 6:09 remaining in the quarter. Lots of worried faces in the Ford Center at this point. It was Oklahoma City’s time. They closed the third quarter with a 17-8 run to get back in the game. End of the third, Minnesota led 73-70.
Russell Westbrook was a spark off the bench. He keyed a 13-0 run spanning over the third and fourth quarters. Oklahoma City went from trailing by 10 points, to leading by five points.
Over the rest of the quarter, it was a sloberknocker of a battle. Oklahoma City got the better of Minnesota though. Collison hit the hook shot with 16.5 seconds left to give the Thunder the win.