Gorgui Dieng posts third straight double-double with 22-21 line

Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng got the starting nod for the third consecutive game on Thursday, posting his third straight double-double with a dominant 22-21 line -- all career highs -- in a 129-106 loss to the Rockets.

Dieng shot 6 of 16 from the floor, and got the the free throw line 11 times, converting 10 of his attempts from the charity stripe. He also chipped in with four assists and one steal while logging 38 minutes of game action.

Dieng is filling in for an injured Nikola Pekovic (ankle), and is expected to return to the bench once Pekovic is healthy. Dieng is averaging 14.7 points and 14.3 rebounds over his last three games.

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