OKLAHOMA CITY (Sporting Alert) — Russell Westbrook scored 18 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder — playing without injured star forward Kevin Durant — beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 92-84 on Monday night.
However, Westbrook went just 7-of-22 shooting from the field, while going 0-of-3 from three-point range. The point guard, who also had five assists and four rebounds, scored 11 of his total points in the fourth quarter.
Back-up point guard Reggie Jackson and Anthony Morrow each added 14 points in reserved roles in the win for Oklahoma City.
Serge Ibaka had 13 points, grabbed a season-high 19 rebounds and ended with two block shots in the win for the Thunder (23-22), who bounced back from Sunday’s 108-98 defeat to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as the 103-93 negative result against the Atlanta Hawks last Friday.
Rookie Andrew Wiggins, who scored 13 points in the first half, paced Minnesota with a game-high 23 points to go along with his four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Thaddeus Young finished with 22 points and eight rebounds, Zach LaVine scored 11 points and Gorgui Dieng collected a season-high 18 boards for the Timberwolves, who were 29-of-85 from the field and 2-of-13 from long-range.
Reigning MVP Durant, as expected, missed the game after failing to recover from the big toe sprain he suffered against the Cavs in the last outing.
Oklahoma City led 48-40 at the interval.
Both teams will be in action again on Wednesday with the Thunder traveling to face the New York Knicks, while Minnesota will play host to the Boston Celtics.