Kevin Martin, the Thunder's sixth man last season, had 24 points in his OKC return. But Martin had just seven points in the second half, when he made just one of seven shots.
“It felt different playing in this building,” Martin said. “It was fun, going up against that level of competition, going against the guys you went through the grind with last year. It was good to get it out of the way.”
When the Thunder went with a small lineup to open the fourth quarter, the T-Wolves' big advantage was at center, where the massive Nikola Pekovic was defended by Nick Collison.
But Collison hounded Pekovic into missing a fallaway jumper early in the period, and the Thunder mostly kept the ball away from Pekovic, who had just five points in the 6 1/2 minutes before the burly Thunder reinforcements arrived.
Minnesota coach Rick Adelman was displeased with the officiating. “I don't want to talk about it,” Adelman said. “He's real strong. He takes a lot of punishment. That's as far as I'll go.”