Night and dayThe Thunder’s two games at the Target Center were extreme opposites. On a frigid Jan. 7 night, temperatures hovering near zero, Minnesota romped to a 42-point win. Ten weeks later, on a warm 62-degree day, Oklahoma City led by 32 points at one point en route to a 97-90 win.
"It was good to get some revenge on them,” the Thunder’s Jeff Green said.
DEFENSIVE STREAKThe Thunder has won 12 consecutive games when holding opponents under 100 points. It’s been almost three months — a 98-96 loss to Houston on Jan. 9 — since Oklahoma City has lost when allowing less than 100 points. "The defensive effort was great. We held their big guys in check like we wanted to,” said Kevin Durant, referring to Randy Foye and Kevin Love and Mike Miller combining for 23 points. "We did a good job not giving up offensive rebounds and keeping their good shooters off the line.”
TURNOVER IMPROVEMENTOklahoma City scored 57 first-half points. The stat that jumped out was one turnover the first half, 10 for the game. "Offensively, it was some of our best basketball we’ve played almost all year in the first half,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.