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Rubio Ties Franchise Record With 17 Assists in Wolves' Win Over Houston

Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins, left, races by as Houston Rockets' Trevor Ariza pursues during the first quarter. Photo: AP/Jim Mone
Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins, left, races by as Houston Rockets' Trevor Ariza pursues during the first quarter.

January 11, 2017 09:45 PM

Andrew Wiggins scored 28 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Shabazz Muhammad scored 20 Wednesday night to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Houston Rockets 119-105.

James Harden scored 33 points and had 12 assists for Houston, which saw its nine-game winning streak end.

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Ricky Rubio tied his own franchise record with 17 assists to go with 10 points.

Wiggins carried Minnesota early, scoring 15 first-quarter points as the Wolves opened up an 11-point lead. Muhammad provided six quick points early in the second quarter and energized the crowd with a transition dunk.

Ryan Anderson's 3-pointer gave Houston a 69-68 lead midway through the third quarter, but Minnesota followed with a 17-4 run capped by a thunderous dunk by Towns. The Wolves ended the third quarter leading 89-77.

They started the final quarter scoring the first eight points to put the game out of reach.

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