Westbrook's 34 help Thunder beat Wolves, 111-92
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Russell Westbrook scored 20 of his 34 points in the first half and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-92 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.
Kevin Durant added 16 as he and Westbrook played the second night of back-to-back games for the first time since returning to the Thunder lineup.
Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad each scored 18 points for Minnesota, which hung around in the second half after allowing the Thunder to score a season-high 70 in the first half.
Steven Adams scored a season-high 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City. Anthony Morrow added 14 points off the bench, all in the first half.
The Thunder took an 87-63 lead with 3:54 left in the third after Durant found Westbrook for an easy bucket inside off a no-look pass.
Minnesota cut the deficit to 95-84 following Corey Brewer's breakaway layup with 8 minutes left in the fourth, but Durant nailed a 3 out of a timeout and the Thunder quickly regained control.
Westbrook shot 12 of 19 and had his pre-injury swagger back, pounding his chest after big shots and giving an angry glance at a fan who yelled at him following a missed dunk in the third.
For Minnesota, Thaddeus Young had 16 points and Gorgui Dieng added 11 points and nine rebounds.
Thunder: Since 2010-11, the Thunder have gone 173-64 with Durant, Serge Ibaka and Westbrook in the starting lineup. . Oklahoma City has won 18 of its last 21 games against Minnesota. . Ibaka and Adams shot 7 of 8 and scored 15 points in the game's first seven minutes.
Timberwolves: PG Mo Williams missed his fifth game with back spasms for the beat-up Wolves. . Muhammad played through a lingering ankle injury. . Brewer had four steals, the third straight game he's swiped at least three.
Thunder: Hosts Phoenix on Sunday.
Timberwolves: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.