Minnesota rookie big man Gorgui Dieng inexplicably tipped in Derek Fisher’s airball at the end of the third quarter Wednesday night in OKC. The Timberwolves went down 106-97 to the Thunder. Per the Oklahoman:
“I’ve never seen that before,” seven-year pro Kevin Durant said after the Thunder’s 106-97 victory at Chesapeake Energy Arena. “He’s a rookie, so I’m sure he’s going to learn from that one.”
But on this night, the blunder appeared to act as a fire starter for OKC.
To start the fourth quarter, with the crowd back into the game, Jeremy Lamb drilled a three on the opening possession.
It was the back end of a 6-0 run in 12 seconds of game time, basically a six-point possession with the quarter change acting as a turnover.
“That was a big momentum shifter,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said.