It sucks, I know. However, Andrew Wiggins nailed a 30-point three-pointer to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon 115-113.
Carmelo Anthony hit nailed a three-pointer with 4.7 seconds remaining to give Oklahoma City a 113-112 lead. Minnesota was without timeouts and went flying the court for the game winner.
Wiggins finished with 27 points to lead Minnesota.
Multiple issues in the final five seconds leads to the questionable bank in shot by Wiggins. Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau tried to call a timeout. It was to no avail. However, Minnesota was without any remaining timeouts and should’ve been a technical foul on Minnesota.
“I’ll let the NBA league office deal with that,” Thunder head coach Billy Donovan said. “That’s their problem.
I’ve got to deal with what’s we’ve got to try to get better at.”
As the play was developing, Paul George collided with Karl Anthony-Towns in what looked to be like an illegal screen. There was no call as Wiggins raced up the court.
“I did see Paul go down, but I didn’t have a great look to see how he went down and why,” Donovan said. “If it was an illegal screen, the officials will deal with that stuff.”
Oklahoma City trailed 88-75 heading into the fourth quarter and the Thunder made their desperation attempt at the comeback. It culminated with Russell Westbrook driving into the lane, kicking it out to a wide open Anthony for the made three.
“You can’t pass up a Hall of Famer wide open like that,” Westbrook said.
Westbrook scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, including going 6-of7 from the floor with one assist.
The Thunder trailed by as many as 14 in the contest, really struggling to find their shot. Oklahoma shot only 45.1 percent through the first three quarters. The Thunder responded with a 14-of-25 performance in the fourth.
Minnesota led 61-54 at halftime.
Oklahoma City opened the fourth quarter on a 12-2 spurt to get them right back into the contest. Steven Adams converted a three-point play, bringing Oklahoma City to within one. Westbrook would hit a three-pointer off a screen to tie the game at 110-all with seconds remaining.
Westbrook finished with 31 points on 12-of-24 shooting and 10 assists. The reigning MVP only had two turnovers.
The new additions of George and Anthony did not fair as well. Both combined to 3-of-15 from three-point range.
“I’m worried they’re not going in but I’m not too concern,” George said. “I know I’ll get the rhythm and the shots will eventually go down.”
George finished with 14 points on 6-of-20 shooting, pulled down six rebounds and handed out eight assists. Anthony had 23 points on 9-of-19 from the floor.
Oklahoma City’s Andre Roberson struggled from the floor offensively against Minnesota and eventually played himself out of the rotation in the game. Within the crunch time minutes, Donovan opted for Raymond Felton and Alex Abrines over Roberson. The worst part saw Roberson airballed two free throws. The fifth-year player out of Colorado was a game worst negative-21 when on the floor. He as 0-of-4 with 0 points.
Josh Huestis, who really has never seen quality minutes, stepped in place of Terrance Ferguson. In the pregame, Ferguson rolled his ankle, opening the door for Huestis. While Huestis didn’t score, he blocked two shots and pulled down four rebounds. It was a positive performance for the second-year player.
The Thunder will have a couple of days off before hosting the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. FS Oklahoma. We’ll also have your coverage here and on our social medias.
Keys to the Game
Bench Performance: B
Raymond Felton was on fire in the first half and was mainly one of the reasons the Thunder were even in the first half. We haven’t had a point in this season yet where the bench held their weight but Jerami Grant and Felton combined for 24 points to really helped the Thunder stay afloat.
Go fast: A
Oklahoma City rocked and rolled in transition, scoring 20 points. They also turned 23 points out of 18 turnovers and had every opportunity. The lone fast break points for Minnesota in the fourth quarter was the difference in this game unfortunately.
Get to the foul line: F
Oklahoma City went to the line 22, 19 and now 16 times in three games. This is, as Michael Cage would say, not Thunder basketball. Oklahoma City has to do a better job of getting to line. They also have to make their free throws. Oklahoma City only made 10-of-16 from the line tonight.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!