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Nerlens Noel Suffers Concussion In Dangerous Fall

10 January 2019, 12:12 | Pamela Mathis

Thunder’s Nerlens Noel Stretchered Off Following Scary Collision, Fall

Video: Andrew Wiggins Calls Dennis Schroder

Minnesota forward Andrew Wiggins was in the middle of the action in Tuesday night's testy encounter with the Thunder.

Noel took an elbow to the face from Andrew Wiggins as the Timberwolves guard went up for a dunk attempt in the third quarter.

The opening six minutes of the second half was much like the first with both teams exchanging buckets before a freak Nerlens Noel accident changed the tone of the game. I think he fell wrong but I didn't really see until I saw him on the ground.

But after the game, Oklahoma City's Steven Adams said Wiggins hadn't intentionally tried to hurt Noel. After a review, no additional fouls were called.

Adams scored 20 points - his best in 10 games - as the Thunder were beaten 117-119 by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night (Wednesday NZT).

"I only told my mother before the game, I had an idea we might be able to get something off of it, but I didn't know if it was necessarily going to work out but I said, just in an ode to him, I'd feel good about myself if I ran his favorite play (in) the first play of the game."

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Wolves players said not too much was different for them schematically in their first game without Tom Thibodeau, who was sacked as head coach on Sunday, but Wiggins played perhaps the best game of his career, scoring 40 points, going 16-of-18 from the free throw line and adding 10 rebounds. "I hope he gets healthy soon and comes back stronger".

George led the Thunder with 27 points, hitting five 3-pointers.

He pulled down nine defensive rebounds and secured three offensive boards.

Timberwolves: G Derrick Rose missed his sixth straight game with a sprained right ankle. Oklahoma City made 19 free throws overall.

After video circulated of Wiggins' statement, the 23-year-old took to Twitter to apologize - and claimed he said "getting" instead of "gay". He's not someone I look at as a problem.

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