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Five takeaways from the Thunder's win at the Timberwolves

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Recap: Thunder 113, Timberwolves 104 'You can't tell me he's a rookie': Lu Dort's offense keeps improving and so does the Thunder Thunder journal: Darius Bazley's clutch shots halt Timberwolves runs

The Thunder logged a fifth consecutive victory with a 113-104 win against the Timberwolves on Saturday night at Target Center. 

Here are five takeaways from the game: 

Rookie showcase

Thunder rookie Luguentz Dort notched his first career double-digit scoring game. 

Dort scored eight of his 10 points in the third quarter. He contributed to a 39-point Thunder third quarter. 

Dort shot 2-of-4 from behind the arc. 

Fellow rookie Darius Bazley scored 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Bazley collected six rebounds. 

Bazley was responsible for two of the biggest shots of the game. He drilled a 3-pointer that snapped a 9-0 Timberwolves run early in the third quarter. Bazley finished a circus layup in the fourth quarter that ended another Timberwolves run. 

Bazley and Dort started together for the first time. 

Bench points

Bazley and Dort contributed to a 52-20 Thunder bench scoring advantage. 

Dennis Schroder led OKC’s reserves with 26 points. 

Adams returns 

Steven Adams returned to the Thunder starting lineup after missing the last two games with a left ankle sprain. He was scoreless with just one rebound in 23 minutes. 

Reserve center Nerlens Noel was out. Noel underwent surgery to repair a fracture to the zygomatic arch in his left cheek, the Thunder announced Saturday. 

With Noel out and Justin Patton recently traded away, Adams and Mike Muscala were the Thunder’s only available centers. 

Guards Terrance Ferguson (personal reasons) and Abdel Nader (left ankle sprain) remained out. 

Towns leads Timberwolves

Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns scored a game-high 37 points on 13-of-23 shooting. 

Towns had 19 of the Timberwolves’ 22 points in the first quarter. He was responsible for half of the Timberwolves’ 48 halftime points. 

Winning back-to-backs

The Thunder is 5-0 on the second night of its last five back-to-backs. 

OKC moved to 28-19, just one game back of Dallas for sixth place in the Western Conference. 

The Thunder’s five-game winning streak is best in the West. 

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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