Rudy Gobert scored 23 factors and grabbed 16 rebounds to assist the Minnesota Timberwolves earn a 115-108 season-opening win over the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder on Wednesday in Minneapolis.
Gobert, the Timberwolves’ largest offseason addition after being acquired in a commerce with the Utah Jazz, teamed up with Karl-Anthony Cities to guide Minnesota to a giant early edge, then completed sturdy to raise the Timberwolves to victory.
On the finish of the third quarter, Gobert got here up with a giant defensive play, giving momentum again to Minnesota after the Timberwolves had squandered a 16-point lead and fallen behind.
Gobert deflected a cross from Mike Muscala on the perimeter, then chased it down on the opposite finish, hitting a floater on the buzzer to tie the sport heading into the fourth.
A 3-point play from Gobert within the opening minutes of the fourth, adopted a bit later by his putback dunk, helped the Timberwolves regain management.
we obtained the dub.
Rudy – 23 pts./ 16 reb.
DLo – 20 pts./ 5 reb./ 2 ast.
Jaden – 19 pts./ 6 reb./ 3 ast./ 2 blk./ 3 stl.
Jaylen – 13 pts./ 3 reb.
KAT – 12 pts./ 6 reb./ 7 ast.
Ant – 11 pts./ 8 reb./ 7 ast.
TP – 11 pts./ 3 reb. pic.twitter.com/mRtgq6IY1Y
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) October 20, 2022
Minnesota outscored Oklahoma Metropolis 36-16 within the paint within the first half and was forward 65-52 on the break.
The Thunder turned issues round on the within within the third quarter to take its first lead of the sport.
Oklahoma Metropolis reeled off a 27-5 run to take a six-point lead within the last moments of the third.
The Thunder turned up the warmth on protection, holding the Timberwolves to 5-of-20 capturing within the third earlier than Gobert’s shot to finish the quarter.
D’Angelo Russell added 20 factors and Jaden McDaniels had 19 for Minnesota.
Cities completed with 12 factors. He dished out seven assists within the first half, then by no means added to that complete.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 32 factors on 12-of-23 capturing. Gilgeous-Alexander hit 10 of his last 15 photographs after struggling within the first quarter.
Josh Giddey added 14 factors and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma Metropolis. Tre Mann had 12, Aleksej Pokusevski contributed 11 and Luguentz Dort scored 10.
The Thunder’s Jalen Williams left the sport late within the first half and didn’t return after sustaining a proper eye harm whereas defending a dunk strive by McDaniels.
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