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Paul, Thunder defeat Wolves for third time this season


Paul, Thunder defeat Wolves for third time this season
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Chris Paul added to his All-Star credentials with his sixth double-double of the season Saturday night, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder roll past the host Minnesota Timberwolves 113-104. The nine-time All-Star scored 13 of his 25 points in a third-quarter outburst and added a team-high 10 assists as the Thunder won their fifth straight both overall and on the road.

The Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns was the game's leading scorer with 37 points. Despite missing Danilo Gallinari (sore left thumb) and getting only limited minutes from Steven Adams (sprained left ankle), the Thunder overcame an early seven-point deficit to lead by four at halftime before taking command in the third period.

Luguentz Dort had two 3-pointers, while Darius Bazley and Mike Muscala chipped in with one apiece during the 39-24 burst, which included technical fouls on Timberwolves forward Robert Covington and coach Ryan Saunders. Down 91-72 at quarter's end, the Timberwolves, who lost their ninth straight, got as close as 109-104 with 1:07 to play before Paul iced the Oklahoma City win with a short jumper.

Six teammates joined Paul in double figures for the Thunder, with Dennis Schroder scoring a team-high 26, Bazley 15, Muscala and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 11 apiece, and Dort and Hamidou Diallo 10 each. Diallo also had a team-high 10 rebounds, completing a double-double.

Dort's 10 points were a season-high, while Bazley's 15 missed his season-high by two. Schroder, Muscala and Diallo did their scoring off the bench, helping the Thunder build a whopping 52-20 advantage in points from reserves.

Towns' 37 points came on 13-for-23 shooting for the Timberwolves, who fell to 0-3 against the Thunder this season. Andrew Wiggins backed Towns with 22 points, while Keita Bates-Diop had 11, Covington 10 and Shabazz Napier 10 as part of his first career triple-double with 10 rebounds and a game-high 13 assists.

Napier's 10 rebounds and 13 assists were both career highs. The Thunder outshot the Timberwolves 48.8 percent to 44.4 percent.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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