The Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder met for the third time this season Saturday night.
The Thunder entered the game 25-7, losers of two-consecutive, and without All Star point guard Russell Westbrook. Reggie Jackson, filling in for Westbrook, averaged 4.8 assists in addition to 13 points – per game – in the Thunder’s previous five games. On the season, Jackson has scored 1 ppg less making appearances off-the-bench, but, as a starter — he averages nearly two-more assists per game — Jackson’s assists account for 8.6ppg (According to NBA Stats).
When these teams met in November the Wolves jumped out to an early, 34-19, first quarter lead and coasted the rest of the way. Kevin Love’s double-double included 24 points and 12 rebounds, Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic combined to score 29 points, and Kevin Durant was held to only 13. The Wolves rolled the Thunder by 19, 81-100. [Read more...]