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Thunder notebook: Winning streak against Timberwolves grows

Oklahoma City now has an 11-game winning streak against Minnesota after its double-overtime win Friday night.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: March 24, 2012

With Friday night's 149-140 double-overtime victory over Minnesota at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Thunder now has an 11-game winning streak against the Timberwolves.

The Seattle/OKC franchise had not won 10-plus games consecutively against an opponent since winning 14 straight against Golden State from November 1999 to January 2003.

Despite the double-digit streak, nearly every game between the Thunder and Timberwolves has been extremely competitive.

"We fight well against them," said Minnesota forward Kevin Love, who set a franchise record with 51 points on Friday. "We match up particularly well. We've had quite a few games, home and away, where we've had chances. We just need to get over the hump on them, but they're a pretty damn good team."


Love forced the first overtime by burying a 3-pointer over close friend and former UCLA teammate Russell Westbrook with one second left in regulation.

Despite his heroics, the affable Love spoke modestly of the game-tying sequence.

"Just got a good look at it, made the shot, sent it into overtime," Love said. "Everybody made big plays. Everybody stepped up on both teams. They just prevailed in the end.


Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant, who finished with 40 points, buried two 3-pointers in the closing seconds of regulation and the first overtime.

The first 3 gave OKC a 116-113 lead with 3.9 seconds left, while was followed by Love's aforementioned 3-pointer.

The second 3 tied the score at 129 with 10.1 seconds left. Durant had to shoot over the outstretched arm of a fast-closing Love.

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