Butler, Wiggins lead Wolves over Thunder


The loss drops the Thunder to 22-20 on the season and into sixth place as they dropped below Portland in the Western Conference standings. Oklahoma City couldn't chip away at the lead and went on to lose 104-88. "There's always these bumps and dips".

He has missed seven games since then while backup Tyus Jones has taken over as a starter. They lost their most recent game, four of their last five, and eight of their last ten.

"You go up and down, up and down", Donovan told the paper.

Then the Wolves beat New Orleans at home and led by as many as 34 points, a season-high mark to that point. Because both teams were dealing with new rosters, it was a feeling-out process.

Butler knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 102-86 with 1:54 left to complete his strong second half.

It didn't get any better for the Thunder in the fourth. Andrew Wiggins poured in 19 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns had another double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

On Wednesday, the Wolves had the test of Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George.

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Williams tallied 27 of his 50 points in the third quarter for the visiting Clippers who beat Golden State for the first time in more than three years.

"I think we did what we're supposed to do at home", Butler said. "We'll see them again down the road and hopefully we play the same exact way".

Butler, who is in his first season with Minnesota after coming over from the Chicago Bulls, said he is trying to be one of the veteran leaders on a young team.

The Wolves certainly don't have much roster flexibility, but they do have pieces to move such as Aldrich and Shabazz Muhammad, and if they get really insane, rookie big man Justin Patton. Monday the Wolves held LeBron James to just 10 points as they manhandled the Cavs 127-99. We're doing a great job defensively.

The previous three games this season between Minnesota and Oklahoma City were much closer. Minnesota won the first two by a total of five points.

The team this afternoon upgraded its injury report on Teague from out to questionable.