Andrew Wiggins loves playing in Oklahoma City.
After scoring 30 points in a Minnesota Timberwolves win over the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena a few weeks back, Wiggins went for a season-high 40 points on Tuesday to bring his team a victory in OKC again.
The Timberwolves found themselves trailing 113-112 with two and a half minutes to play when Wiggins came up with a clutch series of plays. He knocked down a pull-up mid-range jumper to give Minnesota a 114-113 lead and then came up with a huge block on a Paul George 3-point attempt to keep it.
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A few possessions later, Russell Westbrook gave the Thunder a one-point lead with just over a minute to go, but Wiggins corralled a Dario Saric missed 3-point attempt and was fouled on the put back to go to the line with 55 seconds left.
Wiggins converted both free throws, and when George missed a 3-point attempt on the ensuing possession, the Canadian had the ball in his hands to try and put the game away for the Timberwolves.
He attacked the rim, drawing defenders from all over the court due to his hot hand, then calmly found a wide-open Josh Okogie in the corner who knocked down what would end up being the game-sealing triple.
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The Thunder brought the game within two and after a Tyus Jones traveling violation against OKC's full-court press, they had a chance to tie or win the game. Westbrook missed two 3-pointers and George missed a putback as the Timberwolves came away with a win in their first game under interim head coach Ryan Saunders.
So just how good has Andrew Wiggins been in Oklahoma City? He's scored 40, 30, 23 and 27 points in his last four games at Chesapeake Energy Arena. He's shot 50.0 percent from the field or better in three out of the four of those games, and his team is 3-1 in those contests.
Shooting 40.3 percent from the field for the year, Wiggins might wish he was playing the Thunder every night.
Wiggins received help from Karl-Anthony Towns (20 points) and the bench (37 points) on Tuesday. George led the Thunder in scoring with 27 points while Westbrook posted 25 points, 16 assists and five rebounds shooting 50.0 percent from the field but 1-for-6 (16.7 percent) from long range.