Wiggins scores 40, leads Wolves past Thunder in Saunders’ debut

Ross Houston
January 9, 2019

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) drives between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) and center Steven Adams (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

Noel's head injury occurred in the third quarter, when Wiggins went up for a dunk and struck the Thunder big man in the head. The 32-year-old was promoted to the role of interim head coach after Minnesota fired Tom Thibodeau earlier this week.

Noel, who appeared to be knocked out by the contact, was eventually taken off on a stretcher.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan said after the game that Noel was taken to the University of Oklahoma's OU Medical Center. "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".

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.

In a tweet following Minnesota's 119-117 win, Wiggins said he described Schroder as "just getting", not "just gay".

"I don't know what's wrong with him".

A skirmish broke out soon after the play, ultimately leading to Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague receiving two technical fouls and being ejected and Thunder guard Dennis Schroder receiving one technical.

Players and fans immediately grasped the seriousness of the situation as silence descended on the arena, while the Thunder medical staff rushed onto the court to help Noel. I look right through him.

"He was just gay", Wiggins said afterward. He's not someone I look at as a problem.

Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 40 points in a win over the Thunder on Tuesday, but his postgame comments in the locker room garnered more attention than his play on the court.

Timberwolves: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.

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