And the excitement begins early in the 2017-2018 NBA basketball season. Last night, when the Minnesota Timberwolves traveled to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder, Andrew Wiggins nailed a near half court shot as time expired to secure a 115-113 win.
“I could see how much time was left,” Wiggins said. “I got as close as I could and let it go.”
This game, even if Wiggins missed this last second shot, was very entertaining. Just a few seconds before this shot, Carmelo Anthony knocked down a three pointer to give OKC a two point lead with five seconds left.
Without any timeouts, Taj Gibson quickly inbounded the ball to Wiggins, where he dribbled as far down the court as he could and fired the game winning shot.
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“Everything worked perfectly,” Wiggins said. “Taj found me. KAT [Karl Anthony-Towns] had a great screen. When it left my hands, the release felt amazing.”
Gibson added that while this is a play that only occurs every once in awhile during a game, it is something the Timberwolves practice on a regular basis.
“We practice it six times in practice every day,” Gibson said. “Once I got the ball, my job is to take the ball out, be patient, look for the open man, look for the guy running the baseline. I was trying to get Jeff (Teague), but Wig was wide open. KAT did what he was supposed to do, back screen, and the rest is history.”
Wiggins finished with 27 points while Towns did the same and added 12 rebounds in the process.
Minnesota, who is one of the sleeper teams in a stacked Western Conference, advanced to 2-1 while the Oklahoma City Thunder dropped their second game of the season and currently sit at 1-2.