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Towns scores 41 as Timberwolves top Thunder 131-120

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns is putting up impressive offensive numbers. All he cares about, though, are wins.

Another huge night from Towns helped Minnesota snap a three-game losing streak Tuesday. The star center had 41 points and 14 rebounds as the Timberwolves spoiled Paul George's return to the Oklahoma City lineup with a 131-120 victory over the Thunder.

Towns has 182 points over his last five games, the best five-game stretch in team history. He fell one point shy of tying his season high.

''You can have all the numbers you want, but you don't ever want to be the guy that's getting good stats on a losing team,'' Towns said. ''We've got to find ways to win. I'd rather have less stats and have more wins than to do what I've been doing recently.''

Towns scored 16 in the third quarter as Minnesota kept its foot on the gas after taking a 14-point lead into halftime. He capped the victory with a thunderous dunk to give him his second 40-point game of the season.

The Timberwolves have won all three meetings with the Thunder and are 6-1 against Oklahoma City since the beginning of last season.

Derrick Rose added 19 points and Andrew Wiggins scored 18 for Minnesota, which began the night six games out of a playoff spot.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had 38 points on 15-of-28 shooting.

George was back on the court after missing three games with a right shoulder injury. He scored 25 points but was 8 of 25 from the field, including 4 for 14 from 3-point range.

''The rhythm was off a little bit, not only for myself but just the rhythm with my guys out there,'' George said. ''But I feel fine.''

Rose scored eight points in the final 2:04 of the first quarter to push Minnesota's lead to 30-22 after one. The Thunder had erased a 10-point deficit before Rose's late outburst put the Wolves back on top.

After picking up two fouls early in the first quarter, Towns got hot in the second. He scored six straight Timberwolves points and finished the half with 15.

Towns' 41-point effort in just 30 minutes came two games after he scored a season-high 42 against Indiana. He closed the game against Oklahoma City with 10 points and five rebounds in the fourth quarter.

''Everybody followed KAT,'' Rose said. ''When he's got things rolling like that, it's hard to miss him out there so we just tried to play through him and we tried to keep this thing going.''

Oklahoma City never led by more than three and couldn't get closer than nine in the fourth quarter.

''At the end of the 48 minutes we scored 120 points,'' coach Billy Donovan said. ''That's more than enough, so for us it's on defense.''

TIP-INS

Thunder: Will also face Portland, the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah on their four-game road trip before returning home March 13. ... G Dennis Schroder picked up a technical foul midway through the second quarter, his ninth of the season. ... Oklahoma City won seven of its previous 10 at Minnesota.

Timberwolves: F Luol Deng missed his third straight game with a sore left Achilles. Deng was averaging 9.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in his last 12 games after playing sparingly most of the season. ... Towns moved into fifth place on Minnesota's career scoring list, passing Wally Szczerbiak (6,777 points). ... Wiggins averaged 35 points in the first two games against Oklahoma City this season.

OVERCOMING EARLY FOULS

Towns had just two points in 3:22 before sitting out the rest of the first quarter due to foul trouble. He said he had to make adjustments to avoid getting into further foul trouble.

''I work tremendously hard on my craft to be able to go to another bag, a bag that requires less contact and more skill shots,'' Towns said. ''It worked out.''

UP NEXT

Thunder: At the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.

Timberwolves: Visit the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:44   Jumpball  
11:40   Karl-Anthony Towns missed jump shot  
11:37   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
11:28   Jerami Grant missed jump shot  
11:24   Offensive rebound by Steven Adams  
11:15 +2 Steven Adams made layup 2-0
10:54 +3 Andrew Wiggins made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeff Teague 2-3
10:40   Shooting foul on Karl-Anthony Towns  
10:40 +1 Jerami Grant made 1st of 2 free throws 3-3
10:37   Russell Westbrook missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:35   Defensive rebound by Jeff Teague  
10:26   Personal foul on Paul George  
10:21   Andrew Wiggins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:19   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
10:12   Russell Westbrook missed driving layup  
10:04 +3 Dario Saric made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeff Teague 3-6
9:47   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
9:40   Shooting foul on Terrance Ferguson  
9:40 +1 Jeff Teague made 1st of 2 free throws 3-7
9:40   Jeff Teague missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:36   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
9:21   Russell Westbrook missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:19   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
9:04 +2 Dario Saric made hook shot 3-9
8:53   Bad pass turnover on Steven Adams, stolen by Karl-Anthony Towns  
8:43 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made dunk, assist by Andrew Wiggins 3-11
8:38   Personal foul on Karl-Anthony Towns  
8:29   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
8:12   Taj Gibson missed layup  
8:06   Andrew Wiggins missed jump shot  
8:04   Defensive rebound by Terrance Ferguson  
7:57   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:54   Defensive rebound by Andrew Wiggins  
7:32   Shooting foul on Andrew Wiggins  
7:32 +1 Paul George made 1st of 2 free throws 4-13
7:28 +2 Steven Adams made hook shot 6-13
7:13   Dario Saric missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:10   Offensive rebound by Taj Gibson  
7:08   Traveling violation turnover on Dario Saric  
6:58   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:56   Offensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
6:40   Out of bounds turnover on Jeff Teague  
6:28 +2 Nerlens Noel made alley-oop shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 8-13
6:18 +2 Jeff Teague made driving layup 8-15
6:07 +3 Jerami Grant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 11-15
5:54   Personal foul on Terrance Ferguson  
5:40   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
5:37   Offensive foul on Nerlens Noel  
5:37   Offensive foul on Nerlens Noel  
5:25   Shooting foul on Dennis Schroder  
5:25 +1 Dario Saric made 1st of 2 free throws 11-16
5:25 +1 Dario Saric made 2nd of 2 free throws 11-17
5:09   Jerami Grant missed driving layup  
5:05   Offensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
5:05 +2 Russell Westbrook made dunk 13-17
4:46   Lost ball turnover on Dario Saric, stolen by Terrance Ferguson  
4:40   Defensive rebound by Taj Gibson  
4:27   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
4:18 +3 Terrance Ferguson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 16-17
4:06   Lost ball turnover on Jeff Teague, stolen by Nerlens Noel  
3:49   Offensive foul on Andrew Wiggins  
3:49   Offensive foul on Andrew Wiggins  
3:34   Shooting foul on Taj Gibson  
3:34 +1 Terrance Ferguson made 1st of 2 free throws 19-17
3:34 +1 Terrance Ferguson made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-17
3:23   Derrick Rose missed driving layup, blocked by Nerlens Noel  
3:22   Defensive rebound by Nerlens Noel  
3:07   Derrick Rose missed jump shot  
3:04   Defensive rebound by Jerami Grant  
3:03   Out of bounds turnover on Jerami Grant  
2:48 +2 Taj Gibson made turnaround jump shot, assist by Tyus Jones 20-19
2:39   Russell Westbrook missed jump shot  
2:26   Shooting foul on Nerlens Noel  
2:26   Taj Gibson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:26   MIN team rebound  
2:26 +1 Taj Gibson made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-20
2:16   Paul George missed jump shot  
2:12   Defensive rebound by Taj Gibson  
2:04 +2 Derrick Rose made driving layup, assist by Taj Gibson 20-22
1:52   Personal foul on Taj Gibson  
1:52   Steven Adams missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:30 +2 Tyus Jones made fade-away jump shot 21-24
1:18   Shooting foul on Anthony Tolliver  
1:18 +1 Steven Adams made 1st of 2 free throws 22-24
1:18   Steven Adams missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:15   Defensive rebound by Gorgui Dieng  
0:59 +2 Derrick Rose made jump shot 22-26
0:44   Lost ball turnover on Steven Adams, stolen by Gorgui Dieng  
0:38 +2 Derrick Rose made jump shot, assist by Anthony Tolliver 22-28
0:32   Personal foul on Gorgui Dieng  
0:32 +1 Dennis Schroder made 1st of 2 free throws 23-28
0:32   Violation  
0:32 +1 Dennis Schroder made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-28
0:17 +2 Derrick Rose made floating jump shot 24-30
0:00   OKC team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:44 +3 Markieff Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dennis Schroder 27-30
11:25 +2 Keita Bates-Diop made layup, assist by Derrick Rose 27-32
11:13   Shooting foul on Gorgui Dieng  
11:13 +1 Steven Adams made 1st of 2 free throws 28-32
11:10   Defensive rebound by Gorgui Dieng  
10:57 +2 Derrick Rose made turnaround jump shot 28-34
10:30   Markieff Morris missed jump shot  
10:27   Defensive rebound by Derrick Rose  
10:19   Derrick Rose missed jump shot  
10:16   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
10:16   Out of bounds turnover on Markieff Morris  
9:58   Gorgui Dieng missed hook shot  
9:56   Offensive rebound by Derrick Rose  
9:54 +2 Derrick Rose made floating jump shot 28-36
9:54   Shooting foul on Dennis Schroder  
9:54 +1 Derrick Rose made free throw 28-37
9:37 +2 Paul George made jump shot, assist by Raymond Felton 30-37
9:21   Keita Bates-Diop missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:10 +2 Steven Adams made dunk, assist by Dennis Schroder 32-37
8:53   Shooting foul on Markieff Morris  
8:53   Keita Bates-Diop missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:53   MIN team rebound  
8:53 +1 Keita Bates-Diop made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-38
8:42   Paul George missed jump shot  
8:39   Defensive rebound by Tyus Jones  
8:28   Shooting foul on Tyus Jones  
8:28   Russell Westbrook missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:28   OKC team rebound  
8:28 +1 Russell Westbrook made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-38
8:09 +3 Raymond Felton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 36-38
7:36   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
7:31   Terrance Ferguson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:24 +2 Keita Bates-Diop made layup, assist by Anthony Tolliver 36-40
7:07   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
6:57   Shooting foul on Markieff Morris  
6:57 +1 Karl-Anthony Towns made 1st of 2 free throws 36-41
6:57 +1 Karl-Anthony Towns made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-42
6:46   Personal foul on Jeff Teague  
6:39   Lost ball turnover on Russell Westbrook, stolen by Karl-Anthony Towns  
6:21 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made hook shot 36-44
6:01   Markieff Morris missed driving layup  
5:59   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
5:54   Shooting foul on Russell Westbrook  
5:54 +1 Karl-Anthony Towns made 1st of 2 free throws 36-45
5:43 +2 Russell Westbrook made jump shot 38-46
5:09 +2 Paul George made running Jump Shot 40-48
5:07   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
5:07 +1 Jeff Teague made free throw 40-49
4:56 +3 Dario Saric made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeff Teague 40-52
4:47 +2 Russell Westbrook made jump shot 42-52
4:34 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made jump shot, assist by Jeff Teague 42-54
4:20   Offensive foul on Terrance Ferguson  
4:20   Offensive foul on Terrance Ferguson  
4:07   Karl-Anthony Towns missed driving layup  
4:01   Offensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
4:00   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
3:57 +2 Russell Westbrook made jump shot 44-54
3:30   Shooting foul on Josh Okogie  
3:30   Russell Westbrook missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:30   OKC team rebound  
3:30 +1 Russell Westbrook made 2nd of 2 free throws 45-54
3:17 +3 Josh Okogie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dario Saric 45-57
2:42 +3 Russell Westbrook made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dennis Schroder 48-57
2:30 +3 Karl-Anthony Towns made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeff Teague 48-60
2:02 +2 Andrew Wiggins made layup, assist by Karl-Anthony Towns 48-62
1:46 +2 Dennis Schroder made jump shot 50-62
1:27 +3 Josh Okogie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dario Saric 50-65
1:13 +2 Steven Adams made jump shot 52-65
1:13   Shooting foul on Karl-Anthony Towns  
1:13   Steven Adams missed free throw  
1:12   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
0:57 +2 Gorgui Dieng made layup, assist by Andrew Wiggins 52-67
0:40   Russell Westbrook missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:38   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
0:27 +2 Russell Westbrook made finger-roll layup 54-69
0:27 +2 Andrew Wiggins made turnaround jump shot 54-71
0:03   Jerami Grant missed layup, blocked by Jeff Teague  
0:01 +3 Paul George made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jerami Grant 57-71

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:49 +2 Russell Westbrook made driving layup 59-71
11:33 +3 Karl-Anthony Towns made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeff Teague 59-74
11:17 +3 Jerami Grant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Paul George 62-74
11:03 +1 Jeff Teague made 2nd of 2 free throws 62-76
10:43   Terrance Ferguson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:36   Josh Okogie missed driving layup, blocked by Jerami Grant  
10:36   OKC team rebound  
10:18   Andrew Wiggins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:18   MIN team rebound  
10:18   Personal foul on Jerami Grant  
10:15   Personal foul on Terrance Ferguson  
10:05 +2 Jeff Teague made driving layup 62-78
9:26 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made floating jump shot, assist by Josh Okogie 65-80
9:24   Out of bounds turnover on Russell Westbrook  
9:14 +3 Karl-Anthony Towns made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeff Teague 65-83
9:06 +2 Russell Westbrook made driving layup 67-83
9:06   Shooting foul on Jeff Teague  
9:06   Russell Westbrook missed free throw  
9:04   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
9:04   Personal foul on Russell Westbrook  
8:46   Karl-Anthony Towns missed driving layup, blocked by Steven Adams  
8:29 +3 Russell Westbrook made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Abdel Nader 70-83
8:21   Josh Okogie missed jump shot  
8:18   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
7:56   Offensive foul on Dario Saric  
7:56   Offensive foul on Dario Saric  
7:42   jump shot  
7:36   Dario Saric missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:36   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
7:26   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
7:05   Karl-Anthony Towns missed driving layup  
7:03   Offensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
6:54   MIN team rebound  
6:31   Shooting foul on Jerami Grant  
6:31   Karl-Anthony Towns missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:31   Karl-Anthony Towns missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:29   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
6:19 +3 Paul George made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 73-85
5:54 +2 Derrick Rose made jump shot 73-87
5:45   Shooting foul on Derrick Rose  
5:41   Defensive rebound by Andrew Wiggins  
5:37   Lost ball turnover on Andrew Wiggins, stolen by Steven Adams  
5:22   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
5:03 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made turnaround jump shot 75-89
4:39 +2 Steven Adams made dunk 77-89
4:25   Shooting foul on Jerami Grant  
3:49   Personal foul on Jeff Teague  
3:30   MIN team rebound  
3:25 +2 Derrick Rose made driving layup, assist by Jeff Teague 80-94
2:58 +3 Andrew Wiggins made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Taj Gibson 80-97
2:41 +2 Dennis Schroder made jump shot 82-97
2:27 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made driving dunk, assist by Derrick Rose 82-99
2:08   Dennis Schroder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:05   Offensive rebound by Steven Adams  
1:44   Andrew Wiggins missed driving layup  
1:40   Andrew Wiggins missed dunk  
1:27   Offensive foul on Derrick Rose  
1:27   Full timeout called  
1:05   Derrick Rose missed driving layup  
0:54 +2 Paul George made jump shot 87-99
0:31   Derrick Rose missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Abdel Nader  
0:24   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:20   Defensive rebound by Andrew Wiggins  
0:00   End of period  

4th Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:53   Personal foul on Nerlens Noel  
11:41   Shooting foul on Paul George  
11:41 +1 Anthony Tolliver made 2nd of 3 free throws 87-104
11:41 +1 Anthony Tolliver made 3rd of 3 free throws 87-105
11:24   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:20 +3 Dennis Schroder made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Markieff Morris