The Oklahoma Citiy Thunder are starting out just like they need to in the rushed 2011-12 season. Behind 33 points from star forward Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves by a score of 104-100. It was the Thunder’s second game in as many nights after opening the season with a Christmas day win over the Orlando Magic, a game in which Durant dropped another 30 points in a 97-89 win.
The Timberwolves took a 96-95 lead with just over three minutes remaining on a Ricky Rubio jumper. The Thunder answered back with a Russell Westbrook three point play that put the Thunder back in front for good.
Durant finished 12-23 from the field and was perfect from the free throw line in seven attempts. He also added five rebounds and three assists. Russell Westbrook added 28 points, six rebounds and six assists but once again struggled with turnovers. Westbrook committed seven of the Thunder’s 17 in the game. James Harden came off the bench to score 16 points in 28 minutes of action.