This is why Andrew Wiggins is a max contract player.
Taj Gibson passed to Wiggins with 4.7 seconds left. Karl-Anthony Towns set a pick for Wiggins to get some open space. A few feet past half court Wiggins shot and the ball went through the hoop as time expired. Minnesota Timberwolves won. They defeated Oklahoma City Thunder 115-113, Sunday, pushing their record to 2-1.
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) October 23, 2017
“It felt amazing. It felt good,” Wiggins describe the moment the ball left his hands to Fox Sports North after the game. “We are only getting better.”
Heading into the fourth quarter Timberwolves were ahead of Thunder by 13. Thunder chipped away at the lead and it seemed they’d get the comeback win on their home court after Carmelo Anthony hit a three pointer to pull them ahead by one with 4.7 seconds remaining. But Wiggins reminded folks why he’s been given a $148 million contract extension.
“You take em’ anyway you can get em’,” head coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters after the game. “I don’t know if we rehearsed that but we spend a lot of time [in practice] in special situation.”
The NBA’s new rule in reducing timeouts is why Timberwolves didn’t have one in that situation, he said. Winning back-to-back games both went down to to the wire. In their home opener Friday they defeated Utah Jazz 100-97.
“Whatever the circumstances are you have to find a way to win,” Thibodeau said. “The main thing for us is concentrating on improving.”
Towns managed to get his third consecutive double-double finishing with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Wiggins was also tied for the team high with 27 points while grabbing seven boards and dishing out four assists.
Timberwolves and Thunder will rematch each other Thursday night at Target Center.
By Gino Terrell