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Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry loses the ball as he falls while teammate Marc Gasol (33) and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) look on in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

VanVleet scores 29 in return as Raptors beat Wolves 122-112

Jan. 18, 2020 11:44 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fred VanVleet knew he was on a minutes restriction as he made his return from a hamstring injury after missing five games. The Raptors guard tried not to think much about it while on the court. Instead, he made the most of the minutes he did play. VanVleet led Toronto with 29 points as...

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) shoots in front of Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Brogdon's tiebreaking basket sends Pacers past Timberwolves

Jan. 17, 2020 11:07 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon just wanted one more chance to make things right. When the opportunity came, Brogdon delivered. He drove toward the basket, flicked the ball on the run and made a tiebreaking 16-footer with 18 seconds left to give the Pacers a 116-114 victory over...

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns takes a seat on the bench in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Denver. Towns, who usually starts for the Timberwolves, did not play because of an ankle injury. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Towns returns to Timberwolves lineup after 15 games out

Jan. 17, 2020 6:29 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns is in the starting lineup for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday at Indiana after missing 15 games with sprained left knee. Coach Ryan Saunders told reporters before the game the two-time All-Star will be on a minutes restriction because of his prolonged absence....

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders, right, talks with Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague during a break in the action against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

Wolves, Hawks swap guards Teague, Crabbe on expiring deals

Jan. 16, 2020 6:06 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With the Minnesota Timberwolves committed to a new style of play, Jeff Teague didn't fit the trend. The Timberwolves traded the 11th-year veteran point guard to his original team Thursday in a three-player swap of backups with the Atlanta Hawks, who sent shooting guard Allen Crabbe in...

Oklahoma City Thunder's Mike Muscala, left, sets a pick for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, of Canada as he drives past Minnesota Timberwolves' Josh Okogie of Nigeria in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Gilgeous-Alexander's first triple-double leads Thunder

Jan. 13, 2020 11:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's goal was to play a better all-around game. He did that and then some. Gilgeous-Alexander had 20 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in his first triple-double, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on...

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) looks to pass the ball under pressure from Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Harden passes 20,000 points, Rockets beat Wolves 139-109

Jan. 11, 2020 10:44 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden didn't have much to say after he surpassed 20,000 points on Saturday in Houston's blowout win over Minnesota. “It's a great accomplishment obviously," he said. “I have a bigger picture and bigger goals but it's pretty cool." Teammate and longtime friend Russell...

Minnesota Timberwolves' Robert Covington, right, blocks a shot-attempt by Portland Trail Blazers' Hassan Whiteside, center as Timberwolves' Gorgui Dieng, of Senegal, also defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Wiggins, Wolves shut down Trail Blazers in 116-102 victory

Jan. 10, 2020 12:16 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With Karl-Anthony Towns sidelined for nearly a month, the Minnesota Timberwolves have had to find ways to make up for his scoring. They've also tightened things up on the defensive end in their star big man’s absence. That was certainly the case again Thursday night against...

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) handles the ball during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

Brooks, Morant lead late surge as Grizzlies beat T'wolves

Jan. 8, 2020 12:11 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies youth movement was supposed to mean a rebuilding year. But, right now, they are sitting on the edge of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Dillon Brooks scored 28 points, Ja Morant added 25 and the Memphis rallied in the fourth quarter for a 119-112...

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Porter Jr. holds his knee after an injury in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Cleveland. Porter left the game due to the injury. Minnesota won 118-103. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

T-Wolves blow huge second-half lead, hold off Cavs 118-103

Jan. 5, 2020 11:21 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Minnesota built a big lead, wasted it and then had to build another one. “Sometimes," Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said, "you have to win a game twice.” Gorgui Dieng scored 22 points, Shabazz Napier had 21 and the Timberwolves blew a 25-point lead before regrouping for a...

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robert Covington (33) and center Gorgui Dieng (5) defend against Golden State Warriors guard Damion Lee (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

Timberwolves shut down Warriors, 99-84

Jan. 3, 2020 12:24 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With the stars still out, the supporting cast stepped up again for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Shabazz Napier and Robert Covington each scored 20 points to help the Timberwolves beat the Golden State Warriors 99-84 on Thursday night in a matchup of injury-ravaged teams. Napier scored 20...