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Associated Press, Published November 01 2013

Timberwolves roll past Oklahoma City Thunder

MINNEAPOLIS – Kevin Love had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added 14 points, 10 assists and five steals to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 100-81 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.

Nikola Pekovic had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, which played surprisingly good defense against Kevin Durant and the Thunder. Derrick Wil-liams had 10 points and seven rebounds for Minne-sota after not playing in the opener.

Durant scored 13 points on 4-for-11 shooting and had trouble finding clean looks against a Timber-wolves team that was supposed to be porous on defense. But the Thunder shot 35 percent and turned the ball over 21 times to get run out of the building.

Oklahoma City 19 20 21 21 – 81

Minnesota 34 25 29 12 – 100

OKLAHOMA CITY (81): Durant 4-11 4-5 13, Ibaka 3-13 2-2 9, Perkins 3-3 0-0 6, Jackson 3-9 2-2 8, Sefolosha 1-8 2-2 4, Adams 2-5 4-6 8, Lamb 7-15 0-0 16, Collison 2-3 2-2 7, Fisher 3-6 0-0 7, Jones 1-7 0-0 3, Roberson 0-2 0-0 0, Gomes 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-83 16-19 81.

MINNESOTA (100): Brewer 3-8 2-2 9, Love 7-12 7-8 24, Pekovic 5-10 5-6 15, Rubio 4-8 4-4 14, Martin 4-11 1-1 9, Williams 4-6 2-2 10, Turiaf 0-0 0-0 0, Barea 4-8 0-0 10, Shved 1-3 5-6 7, Cunningham 1-6 0-0 2, Dieng 0-1 0-4 0, Hummel 0-3 0-0 0, Muhammad 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-77 26-33 100.

3-Point Goals: Oklahoma City 7-31 (Lamb 2-5, Collison 1-1, Fisher 1-4, Ibaka 1-4, Jones 1-4, Durant 1-5, Roberson 0-1, Sefolosha 0-2, Jackson 0-5), Minnesota 8-20 (Love 3-5, Rubio 2-3, Barea 2-5, Brewer 1-3, Hummel 0-1, Williams 0-1, Shved 0-2). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Oklahoma City 51 (Ibaka 9), Minnesota 57 (Love 12). Assists: Oklahoma City 16 (Jackson, Fisher 4), Minnesota 21 (Rubio 10). Total Fouls: Oklahoma City 28, Minnesota 21. Technicals: Oklahoma City defensive three second, Martin. A: 17,433 (19,356).