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Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
Durant pumps in 47 as Thunder triumph
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves threw everything they had at Kevin Durant.
They put hands in his face. They bodied him on the block. They knocked him down in the paint.
It was almost enough. Almost.
Durant had career highs of 47 points and 18 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a 31-point, 21-rebound night from Kevin Love to beat the Timberwolves, 118-117, in overtime on Wednesday night.
Jeff Green had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who beat Minnesota for the eighth straight time. But it was Durant who carried the load, scoring 16 straight points for the Thunder in the fourth quarter of a thrilling back-and-forth game.
"All I can say is Durant is incredible," Love said, a glazed look in his eye. "He's incredible."
Durant's 47 points tied Clippers star Blake Griffin for the highest total in the NBA this season and came from every spot on the floor.
He hit four 3-pointers, 13-of-14 free throws and drilled a 5-meter, step-back jumper over Corey Brewer with 28 seconds left in overtime that held up as the game winner.
Michael Beasley had 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Timberwolves.
"I was a little upset with myself with the first half, the shots I was missing," Durant said. "The second half I was able to get to where I wanted to, get to the free throw line. I think my rebounding sparked me a little bit. So I was able to get some rebounds and push it up and get some easy points."
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