Saunders deflected credit after the game.
"It's unbelievable how they stayed connected throughout the whole game", he told The Associated Press. "I can't say enough about that team". Thibodeau was sacked Sunday after the Timberwolves' home win over the Lakers.
The players went all out for their new leader.
In his first season with the Thunder, Noel is averaging 5.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Are you trying to get protested against, because this is how you get protested against?
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 points and Dario Saric added 15 for the Timberwolves. 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. Poor rotations, lazy defensive effort and soft defense on the perimeter allowed the Wolves to build a 10-point lead before the Thunder used a 24-14 surge to go into the locker rooms at 64-apiece.
After video circulated of Wiggins' statement, the 23-year-old took to Twitter to apologize - and claimed he said "getting" instead of "gay".
While rising up to contest Wiggins' dunk, Noel caught an inadvertent elbow to the face, then landed head-first on the floor. Though Noel was called for a foul on the play, Schroder apparently was unhappy about the incident and was exchanging words with Wiggins.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nerlens Noel is wheeled off the court on a stretcher in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.
According to ESPN, Noel was kept overnight at Oklahoma University Medical Center.
I said: "'I don't know what's wrong with him he was just getting... acting insane for no reason, '" Wiggins wrote. "He tried to contest it. So the more he's around I think the better it is for all of us, just because of what he represents and what he's about". I didn't really see it until I saw him on the ground. I look right through him. "I hope he gets healthy soon and comes back stronger". Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague was ejected in the third quarter after a skirmish with Schroder.
Josh Okogie's corner 3-pointer with 26.8 seconds left put the Timberwolves up 119-115. He finished with eight points in 26 minutes.
Star Thunder guard Russell Westbrook missed two potentially game-winning 3-point attempts late in the final quarter.
The Timberwolves hit 32 of their 40 free throws, with Oklahoma City making just 19 of 26. I said: "I don't know what's wrong with him he was just getting... acting insane for no reason", he said on Twitter.