arlos Morris scored a career-high 24 points as Minnesota defeated UNC Wilmington 108-82 on Saturday. Morris hit 8 of 15 shots and all seven of his free throws as the Gophers (11-2) overcame an early nine-point deficit to win going away.
Joey King made 8 of 11 shots and scored 19 points as Minnesota got past Furman 86-76 on Monday.
Kelly Olynyk scored 21 points and the Boston Celtics showed crisp ball movement as they began the post-Rajon Rondo era with a 114-98 win over the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. One day after trading their star point guard to the Dallas Mavericks, the Celtics had six players score in double figures in their third straight victory, all against teams that have combined for just 17 wins this season.
John Wall was chosen as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week and in his first game since earning the honor for the fourth time, he tied his career high with 17 assists.
Minnesota Timberwolves backup center Ronny Turiaf will miss the rest of the season recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right hip. The surgery went as planned Tuesday in New York and the team announced after that Turiaf won’t return this season.
Russell Westbrook scored 20 of his 34 points in the first half and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-92 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory. Kevin Durant added 16 as he and Westbrook played the second night of back-to-back games for the first time since returning to the Thunder lineup.
Andrew Wiggins had 23 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves stunned the Portland Trail Blazers with a 90-82 victory on Wednesday night.
Mo Walker scored a career-high 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting and DeAndre Mathieu had 15 points and a career-high 10 assists to lead Minnesota past North Dakota 92-56 on Monday in the first matchup between the border-state schools in 31 years.
Minnesota freshman power forward Josh Martin has decided to transfer from the program.
James Harden had 38 points before fouling out and Nick Johnson scored on a driving layup with 0.8 seconds to go in overtime that helped the Houston Rockets escape with a 114-112 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Harden made 11 of 17 shots and also had six assists, but he fouled out with 1:20 to play and the Rockets let a 13-point lead with 5 minutes to go slip away.
As a minority owner, team president and coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Flip Saunders holds as much power in one organization as any person in the NBA. What sounds like the ideal situation for a person who is confident in his abilities to evaluate talent, build a roster and develop young players into difference-making professionals can have its downside, and Saunders hit that in the early morning hours on Thursday after his team allowed the Philadelphia 76ers snap a 17-game losing streak on Minnesota’s home court.
The Philadelphia 76ers avoided tying the record for the worst start to a season in NBA history, ending their 0-17 skid with an 85-77 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Andre Hollins scored a season-high 27 points and Minnesota beat Wake Forest 84-69 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Hollins hit a career-high seven 3-pointers while Carlos Morris added 15 points and Joey King had 14 for the Golden Gophers (5-2).
The banged-up Minnesota Timberwolves are going to get a little help. The Timberwolves signed free agent forward Jeff Adrien on Saturday to add some much-needed depth to a roster decimated by injuries.
Steve McWhorter scored 17 points and Milwaukee hit 26 of 31 free throws, including 5 of 6 in the final minute, to hold on to defeat Concordia (Minn.) 64-59 on Saturday. Cody Wichmann added 13 points and 11 rebounds and Trinson White had 12 points for the Panthers (3-4), who trailed the Division II Golden Bears (3-2) 26-24 at the half.