Andrew Wiggins loves playing in Oklahoma City.
While rising up to contest Wiggins' dunk, Noel caught an inadvertent elbow to the face, then landed head-first on the floor.
Coaches and players quickly gathered around the 24-year-old, whose eyes remained closed, while a stretcher was brought out to him.
Noel had six points on 3-of-4 shooting in six minutes of action at the time of his injury. I think he fell wrong. There was no immediate word on Noel's condition.
Wiggins scored a game-high 40 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and one steal. Obviously, Wiggins didn't mean anything in that - that should be said. "I hope he gets healthy soon and comes back stronger".
In the fourth quarter, Oklahoma City guard Dennis Schroder somehow won a jump ball with Towns, and Westbrook hit a 3-pointer to give the Thunder a 111-110 lead.
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.
The skirmish between Schroder and Teague came a few minutes after the collision.
Paul George scored 27 points and Steven Adams added 20 points and 12 rebounds for Oklahoma City. Teague was called for a double technical and ejected after a review.
Westbrook made two more free throws to close the gap to the final margin of two points.
Timberwolves: G Derrick Rose missed his sixth straight game with a sprained right ankle.
"I didn't know if it was necessarily going to work, going against their schemes", Saunders told The Athletic about an hour after a thrilling, tense 119-117 victory over the Thunder. He's not someone I look at as a problem.
Timberwolves: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.
Oklahoma's next game is against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday (Friday NZT).