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Blazers drill Wolves 111-81

Butler sits out again, Towns scores 23

November 05, 2018 - 4:51 am

   PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Jusuf Nurkic had 19 points and 12 rebounds and led the Portland Trail Blazers to a 111-81 victory over the Timberwolves on Sunday night.

   Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 23 points for Minnesota. It was his fourth straight game scoring 20 points or more. But scoring was not the issue for the Wolves on Sunday, as the Blazers got plenty of points at the free-throw line.

   Portland, the league's best free-throw shooting team, took advantage of its free-throw attempts in the first two quarters for a 61-45 halftime lead. In the game, the Trail Blazers shot 28 for 32 from the line.

   The Blazers continued the onslaught in the third quarter, pushing their lead to as many as 28 points.

   For the second straight game, the Blazers struggled from beyond the arc, but it didn't matter against the Wolves.

   A 7-2 run got the Blazers going in the first quarter and forced Minnesota to call an early timeout.

   The timeout helped as Minnesota stormed back, even taking a brief two-point lead on a 3-pointer from rookie guard Josh Okogie.

   Portland, however, took control of the game on the strength of their subs.

   Towns already had his knees wrapped up before the 4th quarter even started, knowing his night was over.

   Disgruntled Wolves forward Jimmy Butler sat out of Sunday night's game in Portland, due to what the team deemed "precautionary rest."

   Butler did not play in the Wolves game Wednesday, but did play Friday at Golden State

   Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau did confirm to reporters before the game that Butler was with the team, clearly trying to downplay Butler's absence in light of the star forward's trade request.

   The Wolves were also without point guard Derrick Rose on Sunday, who was a late-scratch after being deemed a game-time decision by his coach.

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   Timberwolves: On the road against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.