Butler leads Wolves over Thunder, 104-88

Butler leads Wolves over Thunder, 104-88

Jimmy Butler led the way for the Wolves, as he notched a team-high 26 points to go along seven rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two blocks.

National Basketball Association finals MVP Durant needed 25 points to get to 20,000 and that is the number he finished on at the end of the first half.

Minnesota has won back-to-back games heading into Wednesday's home game against Oklahoma City. Andrew Wiggins added 19 points.

The Thunder lost their second straight game 117-106 on Tuesday to Portland, which was missing star guard Damian Lillard. The thought for the majority of the season was that the Wolves would bounce between the fourth and fifth seed.

The Thunder believed they had found the rhythm with Paul George and Carmelo Anthony joining Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City in the offseason. Since that game they allowed 90 to the Pacers, then 96 to the Lakers, 98 to the Nets, 91 to the Celtics, 98 to the Pelicans, 99 to Cleveland (the score was only that close to 100 because they had the 41 point lead and points are always scored in bunches in garbage time), then last night they had their best performance allowing only 88. But the feeling with both teams couldn't be more disparate.

Butler leads Wolves over Thunder, 104-88
Butler leads Wolves over Thunder, 104-88

Williams tallied 27 of his 50 points in the third quarter for the visiting Clippers who beat Golden State for the first time in more than three years.

Minnesota won seven of eight games before a disappointing East Coast road trip featured losses at Brooklyn and Boston. "We're a really good team, they're a really good team".

The Wolves defense was a big positive in this game. They'll surely have to attach at least one draft pick, however, and it remains to be seen how much of the future Coach Tom Thibodeau will be able to convince Executive Tom Thibodeau (not to mention general manager Scott Layden) to mortgage for (possible) short-term gain.

If the season series is any indication, we'd be in for a treat - each of the three previous meetings were decided by fewer than five points.

If he's not an All-Star in a month from now, we should probably cancel the All-Star Game. James scored just 10 points.

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