Minneapolis, MN (Learfield)  --  The youthful Minnesota Timberwolves are reaching the halfway point of the N-B-A season while finally realizing the potential the rest of the league has been talking about. 

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Center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 29 points and took down 17 rebounds in a 96-86 win over Oklahoma City.  That gives the Wolves three wins in a row and it ends a three-game winning streak for the Thunder -- despite Russell Westbrook's 19th triple-double of the season.  Oklahoma City cut the lead to nine in the last two minutes, but could never even things on the scoreboard.

Minnesota's next game is at Dallas Sunday, with tipoff at 1:00 p-m.

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