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Wolves beat Blazers for 3rd straight win since Butler trade

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kevin Garnett showed up courtside, and that wasn't the only surprise in Minnesota on Friday night.

In their first week without erstwhile defensive stalwart Jimmy Butler, the new-look Timberwolves locked down one of the Western Conference's top teams.

Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points, Derrick Rose had 17 and the Wolves won their third straight game since trading Butler by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 112-96 on Friday night.

Wearing a new purple-and-black alternate jersey on a Prince-themed night, Garnett got the crowd going when the video board showed him sitting below the basket. Then the home team kept them cheering with a defensive effort that would've made the Wolves icon - a ferocious defender in his prime - proud.

''It was great to see him,'' Karl-Anthony Towns said. ''It was a long conversation with me and him to get him to come. So I'm happy he came and we played really well as a team.

''All he wants to do is see Minnesota succeed, so I'm just happy we gave him something to cheer about.''

The Wolves entered the game allowed opposing teams to score an average of 116.2 points per game. They held the Blazers - who were averaging 115.9 per game - to their season low.

Towns and Robert Covington each had 14 points for the Wolves, who are 7-1 at home and 3-0 since trading the disgruntled Butler to Philadelphia on Monday.

Rose cautioned against reading too much into the success.

''We're still trying to figure things out,'' he said. ''It's always great to go 3-0, and we're just trying to keep it going, taking it one game at a time.''

The Timberwolves' lineup had a balanced night, with all five starters scoring in double figures.

It was a stark difference from the last time the teams met nearly two weeks ago, when the Blazers held Minnesota to 81 points - the lowest point total in the NBA this season. The Wolves were without Butler, Jeff Teague and Rose for that game.

''I just think they have a new feel, a new lease on life in a sense,'' Evan Turner said. ''Anytime you get a trade and things like that, they feel good. They played well.''

LOSING ON THE TRAIL

The Blazers have their first losing streak of the season - not the start they wanted for their six-game trip.

CJ McCollum had 18 points and Damian Lillard added 16 for Portland, which never led. The Blazers got within six in the third quarter before Minnesota closed the period on a 21-11 run by attacking the basket. The Blazers committed 18 turnovers, leading to 22 Wolves points.

''The ball is in my hands a lot and the team counts on me to take care of the ball and make sure that we get quality possessions. I didn't do a great job of that,'' said Lillard, who had five turnovers.

THE COLOR PURPLE

The Wolves debuted their ''city edition'' uniforms that pay homage to hometown music legend Prince, who filmed his iconic nightclub scenes of the 1984 movie Purple Rain across the street from where Target Center was later built. Prince music played all night.

''I know our players are really excited about the uniforms and the night. It's a great way to honor Prince,'' coach Tom Thibodeau said.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Lillard had five assists to pass Damon Stoudamire (3,018) for third on the team's career list. He has 3,020 for his career. ... G Seth Curry sat out with a bruised right knee from the first quarter of Wednesday night's loss to the Lakers. Curry said Thursday his goal was to return during the team's current six-game road trip.

Timberwolves: Taj Gibson had a season-high five assists, and Teague had a game-high eight. . F Anthony Tolliver didn't play for the second straight game. He told local media Friday that Thibodeau didn't talk to him about not playing in Wednesday night's win against New Orleans. Thibodeau, known for playing with a short bench, defended the decision to not play the usually reliable veteran. ''If you try to play too many then everyone plays poorly. So you try to make a decision, you gather information and it usually works out. You're going to need everyone over the course of the year.''

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Visit Washington on Sunday.

Timberwolves: Host Memphis on Sunday.

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Key Players
D. Lillard
0 PG
K. Towns
32 C
33.7 Min. Per Game 33.7
20.6 Pts. Per Game 20.6
2.2 Ast. Per Game 2.2
11.9 Reb. Per Game 11.9
44.3 Field Goal % 47.7
44.6 Three Point % 48.2
93.2 Free Throw % 91.5
  Defensive rebound by Gorgui Dieng 0:08
  Gary Trent Jr. missed driving layup 0:12
  Team rebound 0:23
  Josh Okogie missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:23
+ 1 Anfernee Simons made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:38
  Anfernee Simons missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:38
  Team rebound 0:38
  Shooting foul on Dario Saric 0:38
  Defensive rebound by Anfernee Simons 0:44
  Andrew Wiggins missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:46
+ 3 Zach Collins made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anfernee Simons 1:05
Team Stats
Points 96 112
Field Goals 37-88 (42.0%) 46-92 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 8-29 (27.6%) 12-28 (42.9%)
Free Throws 14-20 (70.0%) 8-11 (72.7%)
Total Rebounds 58 48
Offensive 11 9
Defensive 37 34
Team 10 5
Assists 16 28
Steals 6 11
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 18 12
Fouls 14 16
Technicals 0 1
16 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST
23 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Trail Blazers 10-5 2122242996
home team logo Timberwolves 7-9 29262829112
Team Stats
away team logo Trail Blazers 10-5 109.7 PPG 45.2 RPG 19.8 APG
home team logo Timberwolves 7-9 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
C. McCollum SG 21.0 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.0 APG 45.9 FG%
A. Wiggins SF 18.1 PPG 4.8 RPG 2.5 APG 41.2 FG%
Top Scorers
C. McCollum SG 18 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
A. Wiggins SF 23 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
42.0 FG% 50.0
27.6 3PT FG% 42.9
70.0 FT% 72.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. McCollum 18 1 2 8/16 1/4 1/2 2 30 1 0 3 0 1 -13 21
D. Lillard 16 6 5 5/18 1/7 5/6 2 36 0 0 5 2 4 -21 27
J. Nurkic 13 11 0 5/8 0/0 3/4 2 23 0 1 4 4 7 -12 21
A. Aminu 5 8 1 1/7 1/5 2/2 1 29 2 0 1 1 7 -22 16
J. Layman 4 1 0 1/5 0/2 2/4 0 15 0 0 0 1 0 -9 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. McCollum 18 1 2 8/16 1/4 1/2 2 30 1 0 3 0 1 -13 21
D. Lillard 16 6 5 5/18 1/7 5/6 2 36 0 0 5 2 4 -21 27
J. Nurkic 13 11 0 5/8 0/0 3/4 2 23 0 1 4 4 7 -12 21
A. Aminu 5 8 1 1/7 1/5 2/2 1 29 2 0 1 1 7 -22 16
J. Layman 4 1 0 1/5 0/2 2/4 0 15 0 0 0 1 0 -9 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Leonard 10 5 0 4/6 2/2 0/0 1 13 0 0 0 1 4 -5 15
N. Stauskas 8 2 1 4/5 0/1 0/0 1 15 0 0 2 0 2 -19 10
G. Trent Jr. 8 1 0 3/5 2/2 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 +8 9
A. Simons 7 3 1 3/7 0/2 1/2 0 13 0 0 0 0 3 +9 12
Z. Collins 5 8 0 2/5 1/2 0/0 2 23 0 0 1 1 7 -1 12
W. Baldwin IV 2 1 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 +8 5
E. Turner 0 1 4 0/3 0/1 0/0 3 21 2 0 2 0 1 -11 9
C. Swanigan 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 +8 3
M. Harkless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 96 48 16 37/88 8/29 14/20 14 233 6 1 18 11 37 -80 165
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Wiggins 23 5 4 9/21 3/8 2/2 1 37 2 1 2 0 5 +17 37
R. Covington 14 5 0 5/7 4/6 0/0 5 23 3 0 1 1 4 +4 21
K. Towns 14 9 1 6/15 2/4 0/0 2 33 1 1 3 3 6 +8 24
J. Teague 13 2 7 5/10 2/3 1/2 1 37 2 1 1 0 2 +16 31
T. Gibson 12 4 5 6/10 0/0 0/0 2 20 0 0 0 3 1 +10 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Wiggins 23 5 4 9/21 3/8 2/2 1 37 2 1 2 0 5 +17 37
R. Covington 14 5 0 5/7 4/6 0/0 5 23 3 0 1 1 4 +4 21
K. Towns 14 9 1 6/15 2/4 0/0 2 33 1 1 3 3 6 +8 24
J. Teague 13 2 7 5/10 2/3 1/2 1 37 2 1 1 0 2 +16 31
T. Gibson 12 4 5 6/10 0/0 0/0 2 20 0 0 0 3 1 +10 26
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Rose 17 7 6 7/13 0/1 3/4 0 33 0 0 2 0 7 +11 34
D. Saric 9 7 2 3/9 1/5 2/2 4 27 1 1 3 1 6 +6 19
G. Dieng 6 3 1 3/4 0/0 0/1 1 14 1 0 0 1 2 +8 12
T. Jones 4 1 2 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 11 1 0 0 0 1 0 10
J. Nunnally 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Okogie 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Tolliver - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bayless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Bates-Diop - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Terrell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 112 43 28 46/92 12/28 8/11 16 237 11 4 12 9 34 +80 214