Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant leads Thunder's late surge to beat Timberwolves

Kevin Durant recorded his first triple-double of the season with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied for yet another fourth-quarter win, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-103 on Sunday night.
by Anthony Slater Modified: December 1, 2013 at 8:44 pm •  Published: December 1, 2013


photo - Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) and guard Alexey Shved (13) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) and guard Alexey Shved (13) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The Thunder found itself in an all too familiar place, trailing at home to start the fourth quarter.

And maybe Oklahoma City likes it that way.

Entering the final 12 minutes, the Thunder has been behind in five of its nine home games, including a five-point hole against Minnesota on Sunday.

BOX SCORE: THUNDER 113, TIMBERWOLVES 103

But like the four times before it, OKC flipped on that invisible switch, cranking up the energy, sparking the crowd, overwhelming the opponent and storming back for another late win.

The final in this one was 113-103, a redemption win over the Timberwolves aided by a dominant 35-20 fourth quarter.

It extended the Thunder's conference-best win streak to seven and finished off a perfect 6-0 homestand.

“I love Loud City,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said, when asked about the fourth quarter dominance. “They keep us going. We've got a great crowd that our players don't want to let down. It's as simple as that.”

Well, maybe not that simple.

This late surge also had a bit to do with Kevin Durant, who had six points, six assists and four rebounds in the fourth quarter, completely seizing control of the game.

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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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