Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/18/14
By JEFF BARTL, STATS WriterThe Oklahoma City Thunder quickly proved why many believe they are the best team in the Western Conference. The Minnesota Timberwolves simply hope to show they're no longer the league's doormat.Oklahoma City seeks its 10th straight win over Minnesota when the teams meet Monday night at the Target Center in the Timberwolves' season opener.Led by two-time defending league scoring champion Kevin Durant, the Thunder are a favorite to make the franchise's first NBA finals appearance since the Seattle SuperSonics lost in six games to Michael Jordan and Chicago in 1996.Durant helped back that notion by scoring 30 points in Sunday's season-opening 97-89 victory over Orlando, hitting 11 of 19 shots."It's something we can't control," Durant said of the expectations. "We have to keep getting better every day and see what happens."Oklahoma City led by as many as 22 points and held Magic star Dwight Howard to only 11 in winning its third straight season opener."We kn...
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