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MINNESOTA (20 - 31) at OKLAHOMA CITY (39 - 15)
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Friday, 2/22/2013 8:05 PM
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816OKLAHOMA CITY-13-13.5
MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games20-31-10.322-2725-2695.149.043.6%52.797.047.646.0%48.7
Road Games7-18-5.211-1314-1194.249.744.0%51.7100.049.049.1%45.1
Last 5 Games2-3+0.22-21-493.845.444.1%50.696.245.646.2%49.4
Division Games3-7-4.62-85-595.347.241.2%53.8101.047.547.5%50.4
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)95.149.035-8143.6%5-1830.2%19-2673.3%531322188155
vs opponents surrendering98.449.437-8245.1%7-2036.0%17-2275.4%511122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)94.249.735-8044.0%6-1830.5%18-2473.2%521322198154
Stats Against (All Games)97.047.637-8146.0%7-1935.8%16-2175.6%491022238146
vs opponents averaging98.549.237-8245.2%7-2036.0%17-2275.5%501122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)100.049.039-8049.1%7-1939.1%15-1975.6%45925228136

OKLAHOMA CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games39-15-5.131-2128-24106.353.748.2%50.297.747.343.2%48.6
Home Games23-4+6.618-916-10108.854.549.6%50.596.446.342.7%47.1
Last 5 Games2-3-5.22-34-1107.453.250.1%46.8101.252.444.4%49.8
Division Games5-3+0.14-33-5103.450.648.6%48.597.447.242.8%51.4
OKLAHOMA CITY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)106.353.738-7948.2%8-2038.9%22-2783.0%501022208158
vs opponents surrendering98.449.537-8245.2%7-2036.1%17-2275.2%511122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)108.854.539-7949.6%8-1943.6%22-2782.8%511023208148
Stats Against (All Games)97.747.337-8543.2%7-2135.4%17-2277.5%491221218154
vs opponents averaging98.149.337-8245.2%7-2035.7%17-2275.0%511122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)96.446.336-8542.7%7-2134.4%17-2278.4%471220209144
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 95.7,  OKLAHOMA CITY 95.5
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/13/2013@ SAN ANTONIO88-106L12.5L199U33-8937.1%471345-8056.2%5217
1/14/2013@ DALLAS98-113L7.5L195.5O35-8541.2%531546-7759.7%369
1/17/2013LA CLIPPERS77-90L5L193U30-8435.7%531435-7745.5%5818
1/21/2013@ ATLANTA96-104L8T184.5O36-7448.6%401741-7157.7%4422
1/25/2013@ WASHINGTON101-114L6.5L187O39-8844.3%621648-8357.8%4216
1/26/2013@ CHARLOTTE101-102L3W194O37-7748.1%441637-7350.7%4117
1/30/2013LA CLIPPERS90-96L4.5L189U33-7544.0%461335-7745.5%5915
2/1/2013LA LAKERS100-111L2.5L200.5O41-8946.1%491339-9242.4%6612
2/2/2013NEW ORLEANS115-86W-4W188.5O45-7758.4%511828-7040.0%3823
2/6/2013SAN ANTONIO94-104L4.5L199U33-8140.7%511537-8145.7%4513
2/8/2013NEW YORK94-100L6T196U37-8046.2%49938-8146.9%498
2/10/2013@ MEMPHIS88-105L8.5L183O34-6949.3%431941-7951.9%4413
2/11/2013@ CLEVELAND100-92W7.5W205U39-7552.0%412040-7950.6%4120
2/22/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
2/24/2013GOLDEN STATE              
2/26/2013@ PHOENIX              
2/28/2013@ LA LAKERS              
3/2/2013@ PORTLAND              
3/9/2013@ DENVER              

OKLAHOMA CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/13/2013@ PORTLAND87-83W-4T202U32-7145.1%501531-8636.0%5212
1/14/2013@ PHOENIX102-90W-5.5W199.5U40-8447.6%501035-8441.7%5514
1/18/2013@ DALLAS117-114W-5.5L205.5O39-9541.1%571741-9145.1%5716
1/20/2013@ DENVER118-121L-1L208.5O35-7646.1%462345-9348.4%6223
1/22/2013@ LA CLIPPERS109-97W-2.5W201O41-7852.6%421639-8446.4%4810
1/23/2013@ GOLDEN STATE99-104L-1L208U36-7846.2%511937-8444.0%4615
1/25/2013@ SACRAMENTO105-95W-9.5W210U37-7648.7%552036-8641.9%4518
1/27/2013@ LA LAKERS96-105L-3.5L208U36-8144.4%43941-7455.4%5413
2/2/2013@ CLEVELAND110-115L-11L206O41-8349.4%511643-9047.8%4613
2/6/2013GOLDEN STATE119-98W-11W214O48-9550.5%571238-9340.9%5419
2/10/2013@ PHOENIX97-69W-8W204U34-7644.7%501330-9133.0%6022
2/12/2013@ UTAH94-109L-6L200.5O38-6855.9%392042-8748.3%5017
2/20/2013@ HOUSTON119-122L-3L220.5O42-8748.3%552244-9247.8%4518
2/27/2013NEW ORLEANS              
3/1/2013@ DENVER              
3/3/2013@ LA CLIPPERS              
3/5/2013LA LAKERS              
3/7/2013@ NEW YORK              
3/8/2013@ CHARLOTTE              
MINNESOTA: GUARDS: RICKY RUBIO could be back by late December, but even he's not confident his knee will be 100 percent. His minutes might have to be scaled back . . . LUKE RIDNOUR will handle the offense with Rubio hampered. The vet is a steady hand in coach Rick Adelman's Euro-style offense . . . They're counting on BRANDON ROY to reclaim his old form after a radical knee procedure. He may never be 100 percent, but he should at least give them sixth-man minutes . . . CHASE BUDINGER is a three-point marksman who moves well off the ball, a perfect fit in Adelman's system . . . J.J. BAREA will take some of the point guard burden as well. He's a top sixth man . . . ALEXEY SHVED can help as a combo guard, though he might have trouble breaking into this rotation . . . MALCOLM LEE is a defensive stopper who won't be asked to shoot very often. FORWARDS: Despite being limited athletically, KEVIN LOVE is an elite rebounder and shooter for a big. He'll continue to be the focal point of this offense once he returns from a broken hand in early December . . . ANDREI KIRILENKO returns to the States after a dominating Euroleague stint. He's a big upgrade at the three and should be comfortable in Adelman's system . . . DERRICK WILLIAMS will continue his attempted transition to the three. As last year proved, he's a long, long ways away. He might have to play himself into a rotation spot . . . DANTE CUNNINGHAM is a nice, efficient big to bring off the bench . . . Since they need shooting on the wings, rookie ROBBIE HUMMEL has a chance to crack the rotation. CENTERS: NIKOLA PEKOVIC is a beast, the best offensive rebounder in the NBA. His total rebounding numbers get hurt playing alongside Kevin Love, but Pekovic will continue to bully his way to put-backs . . . GREG STIEMSMA is going to come in and do some pushing and shoving (and occasional shot-blocking) for 12-to-15 MPG.
OKLAHOMA CITY: GUARDS: RUSSELL WESTBROOK can do whatever he wants inside the arc and will continue to be a shoot-first point guard . . . JAMES HARDEN will likely keep coming off the bench, but he'll also keep playing starter's minutes . . . THABO SEFOLOSHA is OKC's best perimeter defender. But his role won't become more prominent until the postseason . . . ERIC MAYNOR should be just about all the way back from his torn ACL. When healthy, he's one of the league's best backup point guards . . . DAEQUAN COOK will see limited minutes as a three-point specialist . . . REGGIE JACKSON's role will shrink to near nothing if Maynor is healthy. FORWARDS: KEVIN DURANT continues to do it all, and has done nothing but steadily improve each season . . . SERGE IBAKA is obviously an elite shot-blocker, but he continues to get lost in space. He's made some strides as a pick-and-roll defender, but that weakness is why he doesn't play 30 minutes per night . . . NICK COLLISON will continue to steal a lot of Ibaka's minutes because he defends the pick-and-roll better, and because he draws so many charges, he's almost as good in help situations . . . PERRY JONES III is an incredible athlete, but needs a year or two to learn the game . . . LAZAR HAYWARD is back as a 12th man. CENTERS: KENDRICK PERKINS will continue to start, but is a part-time player. The Thunder are often better with a small lineup. While Perkins is a bruiser he is too easy to exploit as a defender in space . . . COLE ALDRICH could be ready for a slightly bigger role off the bench . . . HASHEEM THABEET is a reclamation project. There's a sliver of long-term hope, but he won't help this year.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-OKLAHOMA CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Timberwolves-Thunder Preview* ==============================

Minnesota (20-31) at Oklahoma City (39-15), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The Oklahoma City Thunder have not lost four straight regular-season games since the first season that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook joined forces.

The Thunder will try to avoid such a skid Friday night when they host a Minnesota Timberwolves team they have beaten in 13 of the last 14 meetings.

Oklahoma City (39-15) is enduring its longest slide of the season after falling 122-119 at Houston on Wednesday. The Thunder allowed former teammate James Harden to score 46 points and yielded 47.8 percent shooting.

"As a team, we gave up too many points, 66 points in the second half is not us, it's not what we pride ourselves on," coach Scott Brooks said. "We have to regroup and figure it out defensively."

It's part of a worrying trend for the Thunder, who are allowing opponents to shoot 47.6 percent in this slide. They wasted Durant's triple-double against the Rockets as well as 28 points apiece from Westbrook and Thabo Sefolosha. Westbrook also had 10 rebounds and eight assists, although he added seven turnovers.

"None of those guys are going to feel good about having a good offensive game when we lose," Brooks said.

Oklahoma City's last four-game losing streak in the regular season came in 2008-09, when Westbrook was a rookie and Durant was in his second season.

The Thunder have won 16 straight home games against Western Conference foes and their defense would be boosted by the return of starting center Kendrick Perkins, listed as day to day after sitting out Wednesday with a sprained right knee.

Having Perkins in the lineup would help to contain Nikola Pekovic, who is averaging 18.3 points and 11.0 rebounds in three career starts against the Thunder.

Minnesota (20-31) used a dominant performance by Pekovic to win 94-87 at home over Philadelphia on Wednesday. Pekovic had 27 points and matched a career high with 18 rebounds for his sixth double-double in his last seven games.

"I was just trying to do my job to help my team to win," Pekovic said. "Everybody needs to step up with the rebounds and everything, so I was really trying to do that tonight."

Pekovic had 24 points and 10 boards to help Minnesota end a 12-game losing streak to Oklahoma City with a 99-93 win Dec. 20. Durant and Westbrook combined for 49 points as the Thunder evened the season series with their sixth straight home victory over the Wolves, 106-84 on Jan. 9.

Oklahoma City has limited Minnesota to 43.6 percent shooting this season, but that kind of defense has been absent lately.

"Friday is a game where we're going to have to get better defensively," said Brooks, whose club is opening a three-game homestand.

Oklahoma City will see an improving Derrick Williams, who has totaled 41 points and 24 boards in his last two games. The second-year forward has 16 points and 12 rebounds against the Thunder.

The Thunder are second in the league with 26.9 free-throw attempts per game and Minnesota is fifth at 25.7.

The Wolves attempted a season-high 44 foul shots against the Sixers, including a career-high 15 by Pekovic.

Last Updated: 4/26/2018 8:01:03 PM EST

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