Karl Anthony-Towns brings the heat against the Thunder

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    The Oklahoma Thunder came to Minneapolis on Saturday eager to seek revenge for the heart-crushing loss they suffered on the 23rd of October at home, a loss that was brought on by a miracle three on the buzzer from Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins.

    However it was the Timberwolves that once again have got the best of their division rivals notching a 119-116 win. The Timberwolves were boosted by the return of their newly-acquired star Jimmy Butler who returned from a two-game absence due to an upper respiratory infection.

    Butler who was expected to be on a minutes restriction looked to be in full health, playing a team high 38 minutes notching 25 points and seven assists.

    The Timberwolves snapped a two-game losing streak in no small part to their star big man Karl Anthony-Towns, who had entered this game unimpressed with his production throughout the season so far.

    KAT said to The Star Tribune “I’ve got to be more of a factor, and I’ve got to find ways. The team looks at me for a lot and right now in my opinion, I’m not delivering. I’ve got to find ways.”

    This was clearly motivation as Anthony-Towns went on to produce a game-high 33 points to go along with a workhouse effort of 19 rebounds and a season-high four blocks.

    The Thunder’s all star trio all produced with Russell Westbrook narrowly missing out on a triple double with 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

    Paul George had 23 points and five rebounds to lead Oklahoma City. Carmelo Anthony, who couldn’t seem to miss in the second quarter, scored the Thunder’s first nine points. He ended up on 23 points by the end of the game.

    Both the Thunder and Timberwolves have had a lot of eyes on them as they entered the season as newly formed powerhouses with the Thunder acquiring all stars Carmelo Anthony and Paul George.

    The Timberwolves picked up Jimmy Butler along with handy veterans Jeff Teague and Jamal Crawford.

    With this win, the Timberwolves improve to 3-3 on the season where the Thunder falls to 2-3 on the year. Look for both these teams to find their legs and cause problems come finals time.

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