Struggling Thunder topple T’wolves to end slide

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It took a scoring burst by Paul George and a perfect performance by Steven Adams for the Oklahoma City Thunder to finally win a close game.

George had 35 points and nine assists and Adams scored a career-high 27 points on perfect shooting from the field and the free throw line to help the Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-107 on Friday night.

It was Oklahoma City’s first win by fewer than nine points this season, and all but two of the team’s 12 losses this season have been by nine or fewer points. This time, the Thunder made the tweaks that coach Billy Donovan has been preaching about all season.

“I think we checked all the boxes down the stretch,” George said. “Played great team defense to close the game out. We made our free throws. We just had a winning mentality, and it resulted in a win for us.”

Adams made all 11 of his shots from the field and all five of his free throws.

“He’s a huge weapon that we have,” George said. “More times

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