NBA: D'Angelo Russell helps Timberwolves beat Thunder again

Field Level Media, Reuters

Posted at Jan 08 2022 03:00 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell (0) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kenrich Williams (34) defends during the second quarter at Paycom Center. Alonzo Adams, USA TODAY Sports via Reuters
Minnesota Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell (0) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kenrich Williams (34) defends during the second quarter at Paycom Center. Alonzo Adams, USA TODAY Sports via Reuters


D'Angelo Russell had 27 points and 12 assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 135-105 win over the host Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.

The Timberwolves extended their winning streak to three while the Thunder have lost three in a row and five of six.

When the teams played Wednesday in Minnesota, offense was at a premium in a 98-90 Timberwolves' win. But there was little issue scoring in this meeting, especially for Minnesota.

Anthony Edwards set the tone early, scoring 17 first-quarter points, making all six of his shots including five 3-pointers.

Edwards joined Golden State's Stephen Curry as the only players in the league to hit five or more 3-pointers in a quarter multiple times this season.

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Minnesota finished 55.6 percent from the field and had 39 assists, both season highs. Russell was 11 of 12 from the floor and 4 of 5 from beyond the arc.

Edwards finished with 24 points with six 3-pointers and seven assists. Karl-Anthony Towns added 19 points and Jarred Vanderbilt had 11 points and tied a career high with 16 rebounds.

Minnesota hit 17 3-pointers. The Timberwolves took the lead late in the first quarter then took control for good with an 18-4 run late in the second.

Oklahoma City's three turnovers in the stretch led to seven Minnesota points.

The Timberwolves turned the Thunder's eight first-half turnovers into 17 points and built a 73-57 lead at the break.

Minnesota's 73 points in the first half was the most Oklahoma City has allowed in a first half this season.

The Timberwolves finished with 34 points on the Thunder's season-high tying 20 turnovers.

Luguentz Dort, returning after missing back-to-back games with a knee injury, led Oklahoma City with 18 points.

Minnesota's Patrick Beverley missed the game with right groin soreness.

Thunder coach Mark Daigneault returned after missing five games due to COVID-19 protocol. Daigneault confirmed before the game that he'd tested positive, but said he remained asymptomatic.