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The Wolves followed Ricky Rubio's lead - to the tune of 14 assists - to take down the Thunder for a third win in a row.
"You're seeing players who are extremely versatile and can impact the game in a lot of different ways," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.
Backup point guard Tyus Jones has yet to play his way into coach Tom Thibodeau's rotation. For now, his goals include "helping out the team as much as possible" without getting regular playing time.
"You need some experience," Nowitzki said. "Sometimes you need to be a little fortunate, a couple bounces here and there. But experience usually plays a role in it."
Even after Zach LaVine hurt his hip and missed much of the fourth quarter, Minnesota managed to hold off Dallas and end a four-game losing streak.
Andrew Wiggins' 41 points were six points away from his career high, but they didn't keep the Wizards from pushing away in the game's final minutes.
"The fastest I've ever seen with a basketball in his hands is John Wall," Karl-Anthony Towns said before Friday's game at Washington.
In town to play the Wizards, the Timberwolves received a 90-minute tour of the White House and a meeting with President Obama. 'He's a cool dude,' Zach LaVine said.
Until Tuesday's near comeback from a 26-point deficit, Karl-Anthony Towns seldom defended the opposing team's best big man for meaningful minutes.
Embiid entered Tuesday's game averaging 18.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shot while playing fewer than 25 minutes a game. He scored 25 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks Tuesday.
Minnesota rallied from 26 points down to tie the score on a Ricky Rubio three-pointer with 1.6 seconds left, only to lose.
Offseason pickups Jordan Hill, Brandon Rush seeing opportunities sparse in Wolves' mix.
CJ McCollum scored 43 points, 31 of them through the first three quarters for a Blazers team that won for just the third time in its last 14 games.
The Timberwolves brought unrestricted free-agent Donatas Motiejunas to town for a look but never got their chance to act before he reached a deal with New Orleans.
They question the worth of the league's review of the last two minutes.
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau has been impressed by the growth of Karl-Anthony Towns' vision and unselfishness that led to his first career triple-double Wednesday night.
The Wolves had three justifiable choices for the fifth pick in the NBA's June draft. Two of them met Wednesday night in Denver.
Despite 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists from Karl-Anthony Towns the Timberwolves didn't have enough at the end to catch the Nuggets.
The Wolves center has played on Dec. 25 each season of his NBA career.
The Thunder's one-man wrecking crew didn't have a triple-double, but he spoiled the Wolves' Christmas debut nonetheless.
The Wolves are among the 10 chosen teams for Christmas Day primarily because of what young stars Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine someday will be, not what they are just now.
Coach Tom Thibodeau was all smiles after his team's back-to-back victories.
Ricky Rubio is growing more comfortable in a Wolves system where he often is in a corner without the ball so Andrew Wiggins can use his size and scoring ability to create mismatches.
This will be Hawks center Mike Muscala's first Christmas back home in Roseville since he played at Bucknell four seasons ago.
"It's all about improvement," the Wolves coach said before Monday's game against Phoenix. "Each and every day, do the right things."
Minnesota's trio of talented 21-year-old stars — Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine — combined to score 77 points.
The offensive-minded guard played a strong two-way game vs. Chicago.
Only four Bulls players — most notably veterans Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson — remain from when Thibodeau last coached the team only 19 months ago.
The Wolves gave coach Tom Thibodeau a big victory over his former team after trailing by 20 midway through the first quarter and 21 early in the second.
He returns Tuesday to United Center to face his former team for the first time since the Bulls fired him in May 2015, still as organized and perhaps as loud and hoarse as ever.
Golden State flexed its muscle in final quarter Sunday, outscoring the Wolves 38-20 to win the game and again avoid back-to-back losses - something that hasn't happened since April 2015.
The Golden State Warriors have determined just how to fit superstar Kevin Durant alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Until the fourth quarter in Toronto, the Wolves built separate leads of nine, 10 and 12 points in the first half and held the lead at the end of their usually troublesome third quarter.
An assistant to Team USA's Mike Krzyzewski, Tom Thibodeau coached Toronto's DeMar DeRozan
Now a fixture on national broadcasts, Kevin Harlan once upon a time made early Wolves games must-listen radio.
In their recovery from two early 10-point deficits, the Spurs again proved themselves to be everything Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau wants his team to be.
Until Wolves GM Scott Layden and longtime friend Tom Thibodeau were hired last spring, Layden worked the past four years in San Antonio's successful front office.
One-quarter of the way into their season, the Timberwolves don't believe their record defines their ability. "Winning is hard in this league,' said coach Tom Thibodeau.
One apparent need: The young players might benefit from a veteran contributor to the roster.
Last season, the Wolves lost four consecutive games six times — including a nine-game streak that consumed half of January — before they reversed course in February after a 14-36 season start.
Unlike last April. when the Timberwolves surprised the Warriors with an overtime win, Golden State took control and didn't let it waver.
Tyus Jones played the game's final 18 minutes and helped direct the Timberwolves to a fourth-quarter comeback and their second road victory this season.
Wolves guard Ricky Rubio took two shots, didn't make either and didn't score a point in Wednesday's lopsided loss at New Orleans.
The New Orleans superstar scored 45 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Once shooting about 63 percent from three-point range after the season's first seven games, he went 7-for-29 — that's 24.1 percent — and 0-for-8 on three-pointers in losses Saturday at Memphis and Monday at home against Boston.
Adreian Payne has gone from unused to a place in Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau's rotation these past four games.
The Wolves haven't won a game yet this season by fewer than 16 points.
Minnesota's third-quarter woes continued with a 14-0 run by Memphis.
The Wolves' loss to Charlotte at Target Center left coach Tom Thibodeau hoarse, terse and questioning his team's choices while making the same mistakes time and again.
Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau likes the look Bjelica's presence gives his team alongside starters Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng because of Bjelica's wingspan and his shooting range.
It's Karl-Anthony Towns' birthday on Tuesday: "I've been fortunate to have 21 years on this Earth, but I feel like I've lived about 60 years."
With multiple players out, Andrew Wiggins continued the evolution of his play Sunday at Target Center. He became the 13th Timberwolves player to score at least 40 points in a game.
Exodus of stars from both teams and all over the league has two young squads optimistic.
The Clippers improved to 9-1 with their sixth consecutive victory, leading the Wolves by as many by 19 points in the fourth quarter Saturday night at Target Center.
Playing for the first time since the season's second game, Ricky Rubio had seven points, six assists six rebounds in 24 minutes, shooting 2-for-5 from the floor in a 119-105 loss.
Andrew Wiggins is 11th in the NBA in scoring at 24.0 points per game, partly because of his improved three-point range, partly because of his continued ability to get draw fouls
The Wolves won for just the second time in seven games this young season, demonstrating this time that life in the NBA is easier when you build a big lead and keep it.
Point guard Tyus Jones' 12-point, seven-assist, five-steal, five-rebound game Tuesday at Brooklyn put him in some elite company among the youngest Timberwolves ever.
Wiggins' shooting and scoring took the Wolves to the brink of their second victory this season, but free-throw shooting again hurt him and missed opportunities in the closing minutes stopped him and his team.
He has coached under Bill Musselman, Jeff Van Gundy, Doc Rivers and Mike Krzyzewski and spent a season's sabbatical going from franchise to franchise studying many things, among them leadership.
Going to see "Hamilton" is among the New York diversions coach Tom Thibodeau is using to unify the 1-4 Wolves.
Just five regular-season games into his career, Kris Dunn has established himself as an NBA-ready defender even as he and his teammates adapt while Dunn learns to run a pro offense.
Coach Tom Thibodeau wants his team to shoot more threes than Wolves teams have in recent years. "If they're the right ones," he added.
Up by as many as 40 in the third quarter, the Wolves cruised to a 116-80 victory over Memphis on Tuesday to open the home portion of their schedule in style.
There's a reason Gorgui Dieng signed before Monday's 11 p.m. deadline rather than wait until July, when he would have become a restricted free agent.
Three nights after they lost an early 17-point lead at Memphis, the Timberwolves kicked away an 18-point, second-quarter lead in Sacramento.
Three nights after giving up a 17-point lead in Memphis the Timberwolves lost an 18-point cushion Saturday in Sacramento that had coach Tom Thibodeau fuming after a loss to the Kings.
Minnesotan Dave Joerger was part of both history Sacramento's new future Thursday, when the Kings played their first regular-season game in the $557 million Golden 1 Center
Wolves' Tom Thibodeau is studied and calm as he motivates a young team.
Wolves rookie guard Kris Dunn did not appear to be nervous playing in his first real NBA game. "I'm just trying to play within the system, trying to stay in my lane, trying to be as effective as I can," he said.
Ahead 20-3 to open the season in Memphis, the Wolves fluttered away the lead and the game losing 102-98 to the Grizzlies, who were missing two of their regular starters.
At age 20, Karl-Anthony Towns considers himself something of a changed man who's better prepared to face the two-time All Star and 2013 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
The Golden State Warriors are the new guys in the black hats now that they've added free-agent signee Kevin Durant to a team that won a record 73 regular-season games last season.
Few NBA teams carry four point guards, and it's a number that probably makes it about even odds the Wolves trade homegrown Tyus Jones to Cleveland, Philadelphia, New Orleans or another team seeking a backup point guard for another big forward or wing defender by Monday's deadline to set final rosters.
The Wolves haven't forgotten the prime architect of the team.
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