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Steven Adams caps flawless night with career high as Thunder defeat Timberwolves

Steven Adams caps flawless night with career high as Thunder defeat Timberwolves

After the game Steven Adams noted that he screwed up on a couple rotations - those errors have to be fixed if the Thunder want to win more of these close games.

Adams also produced a ideal shooting performance, going 11-11 from the field and 5-5 from the free-throw line. But when they were forced to foul, George finished them off with two final free throws with 5.2 seconds left.

It took a scoring burst by Paul George and a ideal performance by Steven Adams for the Oklahoma City Thunder to finally win a close game.

"He's a huge weapon that we have", George said.

"Maybe we should jam both of his thumbs", head coach Billy Donovan joked after the game.

The 6-foot-9 forward poured in a massive 40 points and collected 15 rebounds along with four assists - becoming the first Orlando Magic player to record such stat line since Shaquille O'Neal did so in 1995, according to Zach Oliver of Magic Blog.

While the Thunder's defense in crunch-time wasn't sensational, they held the Timberwolves just enough to secure the much-needed victory. "When you do that for great players, you're going to pay for it, and we did".

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Russell Westbrook hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter for the Thunder, who lost for the fifth time in six games.

Thunder: The game ended Westbrook's streak of three straight triple-doubles against Orlando, including his 57-point, 13-rebound, 11-assist performance in an overtime win here on March 29.

Karl-Anthony Towns is the best player on the Timberwolves team from a fantasy basketball perspective, with 39.99 fantasy points per game.

Magic: G-F Terrence Ross left in the second quarter with a right knee injury. Westbrook shot 7 for 10 on 3s and added 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Progress. That's what we saw tonight from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thunder had just one turnover in the first quarter.

The Thunder went without a field goal for more than five minutes late in the third period, then went scoreless for the first 3 1/2 minutes of the fourth.

Thunder: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.


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