Russell Westbrook’s MVP candidacy — and win — had been based on his ability to swoop in, sometimes single-handedly, and extinguish a surefire loss.  When he had to do it last night, he came up short in a 104-88 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Westbrook had 38 points 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals, making 15 of 23 shots, 1 of 2 3-pointers and 7 of 9 free throws.

But a Thunder offense that recently had offered support had none against the Wolves

But on a night when the Thunder played perhaps the best defense it’s mustered in six games without Andre Roberson the offense was stifled.

The Thunder takes on the Charlotte Hornets Saturday at 5PM for an early game.  In the last meeting of the two teams in December, the Hornets came away with the win.