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Towns and Wiggins in Houston: Chasing, surpassing KG

In Friday's home victory over Dallas, Andrew Wiggins caught Kevin Garnett in the chase for a rare piece of Wolves' history.

Tonight at Houston, he gets the chance to set a club mark if he reaches 20 points for a 17th consecutive game.

Garnett scored 20 or more in 16 consecutive games twice during his time in Minnesota. Wiggins caught him Friday and now can move by him.

Lost in his chase: Teammate Karl-Anthony Towns has scored 20 or more points now in 13 consecutive games himself. Only Wiggins, KG and Kevin Love have longer such streaks in team history.

Remember, tonight's game is another of those 8 p.m. Saturday starts Central time, so it doesn't conflict with ABC's 7:30 p.m. window for its national game of the week, Chicago and Cleveland this week.

One other thing about tonight's game: Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said 90 minutes before the opening tip that starting guard Patrick Beverley would not play because of tightness in his groin.

About 45 minutes later, Beverley told my Houston beat-writing colleague Jonathan Feigen, "Coach was wrong. It feels cool. There's no source like the main source."

Beverley is tonight's starting lineup.

Postgame: Wiggins early, Towns late in first game back from break

In the days heading up to Friday’s post-break return to action, the Timberwolves talked about a push for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. It was a difficult task at best, with a slew of teams between the Wolves and No. 8 Denver, even though Minnesota entered tonight’s game with Dallas at Target Center just 3 games back of the Nuggets.

But this was a good start. The Wolves edged a half-game ahead of the Mavs into a tie with New Orleans for 11th in the conference, 2½ games behind the Nuggets, with Portland and Sacrament still between them and Denver.

Andrew Wiggins opened the game with 16 first-quarter points. Towns had 14 in the fourth, 12 coming after Dallas – down 15 in the third quarter – had tied the game with 7:58 left.

“It was a key game for us,’’ Ricky Rubio said. “They were right there, fighting for the playoffs. And we had a great opportunity after Denver lost last night. It’s going to be like that every week now, for the rest of the season. Every game will be a key, and we have to be ready.’’

Here are some final notes from tonight’s game:

--with 27 points Friday, Wiggins has 108 in his last three, just short of Kevin Garnett’s franchise record for most points in a three-game stretch (112 in 2000).

--But Wiggins did match Garnett’s streak of consecutive 20-point games, with his 16th straight. Garnett did that twice. Wiggins will go for the record Saturday in Houston.

--After a difficult week in the trade rumor mill, Rubio was very, very good, scoring 13 with 14 assists and three steals. He was the main reason the Wolves had a 17-5 edge in fast-break points. He has now had 10 or more assists in five of his last seven games. It was his 12th double-double of the season.

--Towns had a double-double in just the third and fourth quarters (20 points, 10 rebounds).

--The Wolves, who shot 52.6 percent tonight, are now 12-3 when they shoot 50 percent or better this season.

--Tyus Jones got a lot of minutes tonight with the Mavericks going with a lot of three-guard sets. He scored 11 points in nearly 25 minutes of playing time.

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    9:30 pm on FSN, 830-AM

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    8:30 pm on FS1

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    12:05 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

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    5:07 pm

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    12:05 pm

  • Wisconsin at Gophers men's basketball

    5 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

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    12:05 pm on FSN

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