National Basketball Association
Oklahoma City 112, Minnesota 103
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, March 22, 2021
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
#84 Jenna Schroeder, #14 Ed Malloy, #18 Matt Boland
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 112-103 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night in Minneapolis.
Svi Mykhailiuk, playing in his third game with the Thunder after being acquired in a trade earlier in the month, heated up during a 15-2 run early in the fourth quarter. The surge helped Oklahoma City stretch its lead to a game-high 18 points and take control for what proved to be for good.
Mykhailiuk hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions, then on the next possession passed up what would've been a contested shot from the corner to pitch it to Kenrich Williams on the wing for a better look. Williams sank a trey.
Mykhailiuk then hit a midrange jumper on the next possession before finding Justin Jackson for a corner 3-pointer to keep Oklahoma City's hot stretch going.
The Thunder hit four of their season-high 21 3-pointers during the stretch. Oklahoma City shot 56.8 percent from long range, its best performance from behind the arc since February 2017.
Gilgeous-Alexander hit four 3-pointers while Ty Jerome hit all five he attempted to finish with 15 points off the bench. Oklahoma City's bench scored 46 points.
Moses Brown had a career-high 17 rebounds for the Thunder, and Aleksej Pokusevski finished with 13 points and 10 boards.
Minnesota cut the lead to six with just more than a minute remaining, but Karl-Anthony Towns missed a 3-point attempt that would've made it a one-possession game, Gilgeous-Alexander grabbed the rebound, and Oklahoma City put the game away at the free-throw line.
Towns kept the Timberwolves afloat early, scoring 15 of Minnesota's 22 first-quarter points, including their last 10 of the quarter. The rest of the lineup was 3 of 12 from the floor in the first 12 minutes.
No other Timberwolves player scored in the final eight-plus minutes of the quarter.
The Thunder scored the final seven points of the first half and led 57-50.
Towns led the Timberwolves with 33 points overall but shot just 10 of 28 from the field. He also pulled down 10 rebounds. Anthony Edwards scored 16, Jaylen Nowell added 14, and Ricky Rubio contributed 11 points and 11 assists.
The Thunder were without Al Horford and Luguentz Dort. Horford missed his second consecutive game and fourth since the All-Star break, all due to rest, while Dort sat with left toe soreness.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 31
Karl-Anthony Towns 33
Ty Jerome 6
Ricky Rubio 11
Moses Brown 18
Karl-Anthony Towns 10
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 5
||Free Throws Made
Karl-Anthony Towns 8
Svi Mykhailiuk 2
Josh Okogie 4
Moses Brown 3
Jaden McDaniels 1
Team Stats Summary
Minnesota will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .182 after a win and .250 after a loss.
Oklahoma City will play their next game at home against Memphis. The Thunder have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .520 after a loss.