Oklahoma City Thunder defeat Minnesota Timberwolves, 109-107

Out of shape but no longer out of sight, Darko Milicic made his Timberwolves debut Sunday evening and played his first NBA game in more than three months.

It was the start of a 26-game audition that, unless something remarkably unexpected happens, will end April 14 against Detroit, the team that drafted him second overall in 2003.

Stung that the New York Knicks traded him to the Wolves last week rather than buy out the remaining weeks of his $7.5 million contract so ...

The Timberwolves' 109-107 loss to Oklahoma City on Sunday night at Target Center delivered both the predictable and the sublimely unexpected.

The rolling Thunder won its ninth consecutive game -- the franchise's longest winning streak since it played in Seattle as the SuperSonics -- while the Wolves lost their sixth in a row.

Oklahoma City superstar-in-waiting Kevin Durant got his 32 points -- exactly his scoring average since Christmas -- and extended his streak of ...