It was a battle of superstars in Oklahoma City on Friday night, as Kevin Love and Kevin Durant went head-to-head in one of the more electric games of the season. The two players combined for 91 points. Minnesota ultimately lost by a final score of 149-140 after two overtime periods and almost 300 total points.
After going four-and-one in their last five games, part of a long and winding seven-game road trip, the Timberwolves were determined to finish it on a high note against a tough Oklahoma City Thunder team, the best team in the Western Conference. They almost did it too.
Love became the first player since Dirk Nowitzki during the 2004-2005 season to finished with at least 51 points and 14 rebounds, which is exactly what Love had at the end of the night.
The Thunder had a pair of impressive performances of their own. Kevin Durant had 40 points and 17 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook scored 45 points in the offensive explosion.
Points or not, Love was clearly disappointed in the outcome, refusing even to talk to the Minnesota public relations staff about his historic night.
Minnesota is now three and a half games behind Houston for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.