OKC Thunder: Strange sequence sparks OKC to win over Timberwolves

Goaltending call against Minnesota center Gorgui Dieng leads to three points for Oklahoma City at the end of the third quarter.
by Anthony Slater Published: February 5, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City's Nick Collison (4) reacts beside Minnesota's Gorgui Dieng (5) and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (12) as the ball falls through the basket at the end of the third quarter in an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma CIty Thunder and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Oklahoma City won 106-97. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Nick Collison (4) reacts beside Minnesota's Gorgui Dieng (5) and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (12) as the ball falls through the basket at the end of the third quarter in an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma CIty Thunder and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Oklahoma City won 106-97. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“That was a big momentum shifter,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said.

But the run didn't stop there.

Over the next four-plus minutes of game action, with Durant on the bench, OKC went on 16-4 run. OKC would go on to win and this proved to be the game's deciding stretch.

“The first three quarters, we didn't like (how we played),” Durant said. “But the start of the fourth, that second unit gave us what we needed.”

Particularly on the defensive end.

The lineup of Fisher, Lamb, Nick Collison, Reggie Jackson and Perry Jones cranked up the energy. And Minnesota, void of its usual offensive weapons, struggled to get any easy look.

In the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves went 2-of-8 from the field with three turnovers.

“More defensive pride,” Jackson said of the stretch. “I think we kind of tuned in and decided we wanted to win this ballgame tonight.”

All they needed was one of the strangest goaltends in NBA history to get them kick-started.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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