Without his reliable post players, pass-first point guard Ricky Rubio became more assertive as a scorer. He took 10 shots in the opening period and finished with a team-high 19 points on 6-for-12 shooting. But he had little help.
Wolves forward Dante Cunningham scored a season-high 18 points with eight rebounds, and J.J. Barea, with 11 points off the bench, was the only other Wolves player in double figures.
Former Thunder guard Kevin Martin, Minnesota's second-leading scorer, was held to eight points on 4-for-10 shooting thanks in large part to smothering defense by Thabo Sefolosha. Martin did not attempt a foul shot for just the fifth time this season.
Sefolosha's effort was one of the few defensive bright spots for a Thunder team that watched an undermanned Wolves team put up 54 points in the first half. A 3-pointer by Durant to beat the second-quarter buzzer was all that allowed OKC to take a two-point lead into the locker room.
“It's not something that we feel great about, our defensive effort,” Brooks said. “We have to make sure that we are committed every night on that end of the floor because that's who we are.”