Andrew Wiggins makes game-winning three, Timberwolves beat Thunder

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 23, 2017

Sunday night brought a battle of two potential Western Conference contenders as the Minnesota Timberwolves visited the #Oklahoma City Thunder.

Minnesota was out of timeouts and inbounded the ball to Andrew Wiggins. Trailing 113-112 after Anthony's go-ahead triple with five seconds remaining, he received the ball in the backcourt, appeared to benefit from a questionable screen from Karl-Anthony Towns, and pulled up for the game victor from well outside the arc. Reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook was held to six points, but also had 13 rebounds and nine assists. Melo finished with 23 points. Wiggins scored 27 points including the game-winning three-point shot.

As sensational as Westbrook was in the fourth quarter, it was the effort of center Steven Adams that kept the Thunder in the game as the rest of the offense struggled to find a rhythm.

The shot came after Carmelo Anthony made a three-pointer with five seconds lift to give the Thunder a one-point lead.

NOTES: After spending part of last season with the Thunder, F Taj Gibson returned to Oklahoma City as a member of Minnesota's starting lineup and put together an 11-point, 10-rebound performance. They went on a 38-27 overall pace and got a three from #Carmelo Anthony to give OKC the lead with under five seconds left. A fabulous flurry at the end of the game between the Thunder and the Timberwolves capped off a back-and-forth battle between two teams expected to make life hard for the Golden State Warriors out west.

That lead grew to 12 early in the third before an 8-0 Oklahoma City run cut that to four on Anthony's jumper.

The trio played better in combination at the T'wolves, though the result eluded them after Wiggins conjured the magical finish for the home side.

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