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Timberwolves head into All-Star break with impressive 121-111 victory over Houston


Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 while Jeff Teague had his best game in a long time for the Wolves with 27 points on 11 of 16 shooting and 12 assists.


The Wolves opened an early lead in the first quarter as Dario Saric, who was making his second consecutive start, scored 10 quick points while Josh Okogie provided some effective early defense on Harden, who was just 1 of 4 in the first quarter.


The Wolves did a commendable job of keeping him off the free throw line – he had just three attempts – but Harden nailed a couple of his patented step-back 3-pointers and found room around the rim.


It looked like the Rockets might begin pulling away following another Tucker triple from the corner as they 51-44 with 4:36 remaining in the half, but the Wolves mounted a run, scoring the next six points before Harden helped Houston extend it to 58-52 headed into the locker room.


With Okogie on the bench Deng took over defense on Harden early in the fourth while the Wolves offense kept pace.


James Palmer Jr.'s two free throws with 1.1 seconds left sealed the Cornhuskers' rare victory.






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