Portis leads Wizards to 135-121 win over Timberwolves


WASHINGTON (AP) – Bobby Portis had 26 points and 12 rebounds and the Washington Wizards beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 135-121 Sunday night.

Bradley Beal and reserve Jabari Parker each scored 22 points for Washington, which had lost five of six.

Portis was 10 for 18 from the field, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 28 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. He had scored over 30 points in each of his last three games.

Derrick Rose scored 18 points off the bench for the Timberwolves, who have lost four of five. Taj Gibson had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins had 14 points.

Minnesota scored 84 points in the paint, and converted just 4 of 27 attempts from beyond the arc.

Parker scored on a dunk and followed with a 3-pointer to give the Wizards a 93-82 lead late in the third quarter. Washington led 97-87 at the start of the fourth.

Minnesota got within 110-105 on a dunk by Towns before Sam Dekker scored six straight points that started a 10-0 run, and the Wizards led by as many as 16 in the final minutes.


Timberwolves: F Luol Deng (sore left Achilles) missed his second straight game. . Interim coach Ryan Saunders was an assistant with the Wizards from the 2009-10 season through 2013-14. . Minnesota is 4-24 when trailing after three quarters.

Wizards: It was Portis’ eighth double-double of the season and fourth with the Wizards. . Beal recorded his 53rd 20-plus point game of the season, tying his career high, set last season. . Washington is 19-2 when leading after three quarters.


Timberwolves: Host the Thunder on Tuesday night.

Wizards: Host the Mavericks on Wednesday night.

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