Kevin Durant sat out due to a sprained left big toe. He injured the toe during the fourth quarter Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but stayed in the game. This was the 24th game he's already missed this season after not playing in just a total of 16 contests over his first seven seasons.
Russell Westbrook, who was just 7-of-22 from the floor, finished with 18 points and five assists for the Thunder, who have won four of their last six games.
Thaddeus Young posted 22 points and eight boards, Andrew Wiggins provided 23 points and Gorgui Dieng snatched 18 rebounds for Minnesota, which has dropped five straight games.
The Thunder led 21-19 late in the opening frame before creating some breathing run following a 17-5 swing that bled into the second. Anthony Morrow and Reggie Jackson jumpstarted the burst with baskets and OKC was up 25-19 after one.
Dion Waiters, who poured in seven points during the flurry, banked in a fadeaway jumper and then nailed a 3-pointer before finding Reggie Jackson on an alley-oop dunk to cap the run and give the Thunder a 38-24 cushion prior to the midway point of the second.
Perry Jones' reverse at the first half buzzer staked OKC to a 48-40 margin heading into the locker room.
Consecutive Young baskets finished off a 10-2 spurt to help Minnesota pull within 57-54 midway through the third, but the Thunder closed the third on an 8-2 flurry. Jackson sunk three free throws to stamp it and give the Thunder a 65-56 spread after three.
Minnesota never cut the deficit below seven in the fourth.
The Thunder improved to 9-15 this season without Durant, who was replaced in the starting lineup by Jones ... OKC has won four straight home games and 11 of its last 13 ... Minnesota dropped its 10th consecutive contest in Oklahoma City ... Morrow and Jackson each netted 14 points.