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Rapid reaction: Thunder outlast Minnesota 115-111 behind KD's 48 points

by Anthony Slater Modified: January 4, 2014 at 10:10 pm •  Published: January 4, 2014
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The Thunder stormed back for a late 115-111 win in Minnesota on Saturday night. Crazy game. Here’s some rapid reaction:

Turning point

The story of the past two losses was Kevin Durant’s failures in the fourth quarter, leading to a pair of Thunder collapses. The unquestioned story from this wild win was KD completely reversing that trend, dominating the final 12 minutes and single-handedly thrusting the Thunder offense on his shoulders for a needed road comeback. He had 23 of his 48 points (an NBA season-high) in the fourth quarter. Twenty-two seconds into the fourth quarter, OKC was down 13. Less than three minutes later, behind 10 quick Durant points, OKC had cut the lead to two. That was the turning point.

It was over when…

…KD finished off one of his clutchest career performances with a pair of daggers. First, he drilled an unguardable fadeaway (seen below), putting the Thunder up two. Then, he iced it with a pair of free throws moments after.

Stat of the game #1

The Thunder had 32 points combined in the past two fourth quarters (both late losses). KD had eight. On Saturday, the Thunder had 38 points in the fourth quarter. KD had 23.

Stat of the game #2

That’s eight straight road wins for the Thunder, extending a streak that was already the franchise’s longest since relocating to OKC.

Play of the game – Reggie dunk

Blooper of the game – Kendrick Perkins

Injury scares

Steven Adams sprained his right ankle, didn’t return

Jeremy Lamb had this scary fall, but did return

Up next

Celtics in OKC on Sunday. Jeff Green returns.

Stay tuned to NewsOK.com for Darnell Mayberry’s postgame coverage from Minnesota


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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