Wolves named to All Star Weekend, fall to OKC 28 Jan 16

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves will play on opposite teams in the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star weekend.

New York Knicks rookie star Kristaps Porzingis of Latvia will join Wiggins on the World team for the Feb. 12 game in Toronto — Wiggins’ hometown. Wiggins won Rookie of the Year honors last year, and Towns and Porzingis are the leading candidates this season.

The game matches rookies and second-year players from the U.S. against a roster of international players.

Towns will headline the U.S. team that includes another Minnesota player, Zach LaVine, giving the Timberwolves three players in the game, all 20 years old. 

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Durant had 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and hit two huge shots in the final two minutes to help the Oklahoma City Thunder win a second-straight, fast-paced thriller with a 126-123 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Russell Westbrook had 24 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds, while Enes Kanter had 23 points and 10 boards for the Thunder, who beat the Knicks in overtime the night before. Oklahoma City outrebounded Minnesota 47-31 to go home from a four-game road trip at 3-1.

Zach LaVine scored 35 points on 14-for-17 shooting, Andrew Wiggins added 20 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 19 points, 13 boards and five assists for the Timberwolves. Minnesota shot 55.6 percent and had 31 assists, but missed 10 free throws.