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article imageNBA: Durant hits 47 to push Thunder pass Timberwolves in OT

By Kristofor Molson     Jan 27, 2011 in Sports
Minneapolis - Out of all the NBA games last night, the best one came out of Minnesota where two players tried their hardest to get a victory. Kevin Love and Kevin Durant put on a show with both of them getting double digit points and rebounds.
One has lead his team from the bottom of the West, and the other has emerged this year to have his name mentioned for a first appearance on the West All-Star team. Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder (29-16) visited Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves (10-35) last night for a game that went into overtime with the Thunder coming out on top 118 – 117.
Kevin Durant dropped 47 points and 18 rebounds to lead his team to victory Wednesday night in a game that lacked nothing when it came to entertainment. Durant had help from teammate Jeff Green who tied the game at 110 with 4 seconds left in the fourth period. He finished with 19 points 8 rebounds and 3 assist. Russell Westbrook added 16 points, 8 assist and 4 steals to keep the Thunder in it on the defensive end. They got a huge boost with James Harden who came off the bench to go 3 for 6 from behind the arc shooting 50 percent with 13 points.
Durant got his shoot going once Corey Brewer went out with foul trouble, picking up his fourth in the third quarter. Durant scored eight straight point to end the quarter in 53 seconds. With almost no time left on the clock Durant hit a 3-point shoot to beat the buzzer to put the Thunder up 83 – 79 going into the fourth. Durant finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds to end the third period.
There was nothing the Timberwolves could do to stop Durant who just went wild in the fourth scoring 16 straight and went 13 of 14 from the free-throw line. His 47 points is the highest he has scored in a game for the second time in his career, but the highest point total he put out this season tying Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Kevin Love and Michael Beasley tried their best to get a win for the first time in eight tries. Love put up 31 points and grabbed 21 rebounds while Beasley had 30 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists but also had six turnovers on the game. Wesley Johnson came off the bench to help with 13 points of his own, which was enough to keep it close, but not win the game. The Timberwolves put up a great effort but just could not overcome Durant’s hot hand.
You could tell that each team wanted to win this game bad with eight straight lead changes in the last three plus minutes of the fourth quarter. The game also had two ties in overtime before Kevin Durant rose up to drop a 15-footer. Durant guarded by Timberwolves Corey Brewer crossed and stepped back to drain the jump shoot over him with 28 seconds left in overtime. Durant’s shot stunned the crowd and sealed the game for the Thunder who bounced back after a close loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Monday.
The Timberwolves, with this loss, is now on a five-game losing streak and will look to bounce back when they take on the Utah Jazz Friday Jan. 28 in Utah. The Timberwolves will need a win seeing they have lost 18 straight Northwest division games this season.
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