MINNEAPOLIS — The irony of winning streaks is they are assembled in precisely the same perfunctory manner of losing skids. Without fail, teams stumble upon some point in a game when they either find a way to come out on top or fumble their fortune and cower in the clutch. You won’t find a clearer case of that than the Thunder’s 109-107 win over Minnesota on Sunday at Target Center, a game that spelled out how two franchises in similar stages of rebuilding have ended up on opposite ends of the NBA spectrum. The Thunder extended its winning streak to nine games and, really, had no business doing so. The Wolves, meanwhile, saw their losing streak stretch to six games and, frankly, should be ashamed at throwing away a gift-wrapped victory. Oklahoma City led by 15 points midway through the third period before putting the game on cruise and watching the Wolves peel off a 27-10 run to go ahead 88-86 with 8:16 left. It was Minnesota’s first lead since 2-0, and that’s when the momentum of truth was triggered and the Thunder took control. The Thunder threw up 11 unanswered points over the next 4 minutes, 21 seconds, taking a commanding 97-88 lead with 3:55 remaining. Oklahoma City buckled down defensively and became efficient offensively, hitting four of five shots while holding the Wolves to 0-for-6 shooting with two turnovers during the run. "We knew that they were going to make a run, and they did,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "But we showed some composure, and we took good shots and we got to the free-throw line. I thought that was critical. But our team is made up to where if we defend, it gives us a chance to win.” The standout during the game-deciding stretch was Russell Westbrook, who tallied three of his game-high 14 assists during the run. Westbrook found Jeff Green for a 3-pointer, hit Kevin Durant on the break for an easy dunk and slipped a pass to Nick Collison out of a pick-and-roll to another uncontested slam. And while he wasn’t credited for an assist, Westbrook’s drive and dish set up Green’s dunk that capped the spurt. Westbrook had 22 points and 10 rebounds to complement his assists total, marking his second career triple-double. "Russell was about as good as you can expect from a point guard,” Brooks said. "It was as good as he played all year. He’s playing good basketball. He has a great feel right now. We just have to continue to improve his game, and he has improved.” Green was just as impressive, recording 17 points with 14 rebounds for his second straight double-double and ninth this season. "I thought Jeff Green was huge tonight, the way he defended and rebounded and made key shots when we needed,” Brooks said. "That’s what we’ve been doing all year, different guys just chipping in and helping us win games. "This stretch is based on us competing. We have a spirit that we’re just going to compete every night against whoever we play.” At 33-21, the Thunder is 10 games above last year’s win total, continuing its run as the NBA’s biggest surprise. "We’re in a good position right now, but things could go south quick,” Green said. "So we got to keep grinding, we got to keep staying focused and keep working hard to continue the roll that we’re on.” Text "OKTHUNDER” to 65360 for your chance to win an Official Adidas #35 Kevin Durant Jersey. NewsOK OKC Thunder news text alerts sponsored by Totally Tickets.