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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Thunder showed no lingering effects from their emotional loss at Golden State.Russell Westbrook scored 28 points to help Oklahoma City beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-92 on Saturday night.Enes Kanter had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Steven Adams scored 14 points and Victor Oladipo added 12 for the Thunder in their first game since being blown out by Golden State and former teammate Kevin Durant on Thursday.Well take something from that game to help us learn going forward, Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. And it was all about us tonight. It was all about what we need to do, how we needed to play defensively, how we needed to play offensively.Westbrook also had eight assists and six rebounds. The Thunder improved to 5-1 on the season, matching their best six-game start since moving to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season.The Thunder shot 52 percent from the field and held the Timberwolves to 39 percent shooting.You have to make plays, Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. You have to move the ball side to side, and when we did that, we got good looks at the basket.Karl-Anthony Towns scored 33 points for the Timberwolves after scoring 32 Thursday night against Denver. He scored 25 points in the first half, but Westbrook countered with 18 to help the Thunder take a 59-53 lead into the break.Towns, he really played exceptionally well in the first half, and he made a lot of shots, Donovan said. He did it in a lot of different ways. He made 3s, he had post moves, he had face-ups. He had everything. Hes a terrific offensive player.No Minnesota player other than Towns reached double figures until the fourth quarter.The Timberwolves hung close for the early part of the third before the Thunder took over.An 11-0 run, sparked by a 3-pointer by Westbrook, then a steal and dunk by Westbrook, made it 79-61 and led to a Minnesota timeout. Jerami Grants two-handed dunk put Oklahoma City up 83-62, and the Thunder led 90-72 at the end of the third quarter.The Thunder held the Timberwolves to 30 percent shooting in the third quarter.We just turned it up a notch, Oladipo said. Now, we have to do that for four quarters. When we play like that defensively, we give ourselves a great chance to win.The long runs by opponents have been a recurring issue for the Timberwolves.Its a problem, Thibodeau said. The only thing we can do is take a look at the film, try to get some work in, try to make the corrections.---TIP-INSTimberwolves: Towns scored 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting in the first quarter, while his teammates shot 5 for 15 and scored 12. ... Rookie point guard Kris Dunn, who started in place of the injured Ricky Rubio, finished with seven points, four rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes. Rubio is out indefinitely with a sprained right elbow.Thunder: Shot 63.6 percent in the first quarter to lead 32-25. ... Westbrook had six assists in the first quarter. ... Westbrook was called for a technical foul early in the third quarter.SHUTDOWN DEFENSEMinnesotas top two scorers got nowhere. Andrew Wiggins, who entered the game averaging 24 points, scored seven points on 3-for-13 shooting. Zach LaVine, who was averaging 21.3 points, finished with just four on 1-for-6 shooting. Andre Roberson and Oladipo were largely responsible for defending them.LONG DISTANCETony Juarez of Oklahoma City won $20,000 from Mid-First Bank when he made a halfcourt shot during a timeout in the third quarter. According to the Thunder, it was the 10th time someone made the shot since the team moved to Oklahoma City in 2008, and the first since Dec. 13, 2015.The 22-year-old Juarez told a Thunder spokesman he would use the money for school. He called his mother in El Paso right after stepping off the court.UP NEXTThe Timberwolves play at the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.The Thunder host the Miami Heat on Monday night.---Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter (at)CliffBruntAP. Denzel Ward Hoodie . -- Patrick Reed got an early start in golf. Nick Chubb Hoodie . -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. http://www.cheapbrownshoodiesjerseys.com/jim-brown-hoodie/ ., for the next three years with the signings on Monday of Daryl Townsend and Michael Carter. Browns Hoodies Jerseys Sale .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. Cheap Browns Hoodies Jerseys . Arsenal failed to take full advantage of its main rivals stumbles on Saturday as substitute Gerard Deulofeu levelled with a hard shot from a tight angle in the 84th minute to give Everton a deserved point. Ahead of a crucial fortnight that will see them play against Napoli in the Champions League, Manchester City and Chelsea, Arsenal leads by five points ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea. MINNEAPOLIS -- Oklahoma City isnt just a place where Thunder star Kevin Durant lives these days. Its home. So as he watched the horrifying images Monday as a tornado ripped through suburban Moore, the emotions came bubbling to the surface and so did the need to help. Durant pledged $1 million for tornado relief through his foundation on Tuesday, eager to help a devastated area begin to rebuild. "As the day went on and I saw the footage and the casualties and the houses being blown away, it was tough to see," said Durant, who was in Minneapolis to watch longtime friend Monica Wright play a preseason game for the Minnesota Lynx. "I call Oklahoma City my home. I go through Moore all the time. Its unfortunate. Were going to come together as a city like we always do and were going to bounce back." Durant has been in Oklahoma City for five years now, ever since the Seattle SuperSonics moved there in 2008. Hes become a fixture in the community, in addition to establishing himself as one of the very best players in the NBA. He said he was hoping to return home Wednesday to try and lift the spirits of an area reeling from the deaths of some two dozen people, including children. "Just to get to the hospital, see some kids," Durant said. "Something. Just something to give some hope. Playing for the Thunder, we mean so much to the state. So many people support us and I just want to go back and support those people." The American Red Cross said the gift from Durants foundation is meant to match other donations and be an incentive for more people to give. The Thunder also announced a $1 million donation, as did the NBA and players union. "Our hearts go out to all those affected by the devastation that has occurred within our community this week," Thunder chaiirman Clay Bennett said in a statement issued by the team.dddddddddddd "We are focusing Thunder resources to help where we can in the relief efforts and to support the organizations that are on the ground assisting those affected by this weeks storms. Even with so much loss, the strength and resiliency of this community have once again been on display, and we will continue to work together as our community and state recover from this disaster." When Durant initially heard reports of a tornado near Oklahoma City, he didnt pay them much mind. A veteran of the area now, he knows twisters can be a regular occurrence this time of year. It quickly became apparent that this one was different, and Durant could barely watch it all unfold. "It hit so close to home," he said. "It was tough to see." And it made the Thunders early exit from the playoffs sting that much more. With Russell Westbrook out because of a knee injury, the Thunder were beaten by the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference semifinals, a disappointing finish for a team that advanced to the NBA Finals a year ago. "I wish I couldve done a better job for my team to stay in the playoffs because of course basketball and sporting events bring everyone together," Durant said. "It takes your mind off it for a few hours." The Thunder boast one of the most loyal and passionate fan bases in the league. Durant averaged 30.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists in the playoffs, but the rest of his teammates struggled to step up and fill Westbrooks void. "Theres some part of me wishing I couldve played better for my team to stay in the playoffs," Durant said. "Hopefully they get back on their feet. Its so tough. Praying for the families. Im feeling for them." Stitched NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Outlet Disocunt Football Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys White NFL Jerseys Cheap China NFL Jerseys White ' ' '

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