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Oklahoma City Thunder: Despite win, Scott Brooks not happy with defense

Help is on the way. New guard/forward Ronnie Brewer expected to be activated Saturday.
By John Rohde Published: February 22, 2013

The Timberwolves had seven players score in double-digits, but couldn't keep up with the three-man wrecking crew led by Russell Westbrook, who had a season-high 37 points and nine assists. Kevin Durant had 27 points and seven assists and sixth man Kevin Martin added 19 points in 25 minutes.

“We couldn't control their three big guys,” Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said afterward. “They pretty much had their way with us.”

The Thunder sizzled from all locations, shooting 57.8 percent from the field, 64.3 percent from 3-point range and 100 percent at the free-throw line (22 for 22). Durant, Westbrook, Perkins and Serge Ibaka led OKC in rebounding with seven each.

“I think on the offensive end we were good; we shared the ball,” said Nick Collison, who had eight points and four assists. “Defensively, we weren't as good as we needed to be. We gave up too many points and had too many lapses.”

Defensive help is on the way in newly acquired guard/forward Ronnie Brewer, who is expected to be activated in time for Saturday's practice.

The Thunder (40-15) next faces the Chicago Bulls (32-23) in an 8:30 p.m. game Sunday at The Peake.

“We need to keep defending,” Westbrook said. “I think we can do better defensively, but we have to win. After losing three games in a row, we have to win and get ready for Chicago Sunday. … I don't think offense is our problem. We just have to continue to find a way to make stops.”