NBA Basketball

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Washington 34 22 16 37 109
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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0020:00 ET6:00 PM CT23:00 , November 2, 2019
Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 15,150

T-Wolves to face Wizards minus Towns

According to STATS
According to STATS

Minnesota Timberwolves at Washington Wizards

  1. These teams have alternated wins over the last 20 games of the series going back to 2009, with the Timberwolves winning the most recent matchup at home in March (135-130 OT). It's the longest streak in NBA history of teams alternating wins in a series matchup (regular season games only).
  2. These are the only two NBA teams yet to face a conference opponent this season, with Minnesota's four games coming against Eastern Conference teams, and Washington's four all against the West.
  3. The Timberwolves averaged 121.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting in opening the season 3-0, before Wednesday's 117-95 loss in Philadelphia in which they shot 39.5 percent from the field.
  4. Washington is coming off a 159-158 home loss to the Rockets on Wednesday, tying the most points scored in a regulation loss in NBA history (Nuggets, 1990 vs. Warriors). The Wizards made a team-record 20 three-pointers (20/36) and came within three points of the franchise record for points (161).
  5. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 46 points on Wednesday, his most points in any career home game. He's averaging 10.5 three-point attempts per game, second most in the NBA entering Friday's action (James Harden, 13.5).
  6. Karl-Anthony Towns has been suspended for two games following his ejection for fighting with Joel Embiid in Wednesday's loss to the 76ers. Towns has missed just five games in his five-year career -- all last season -- with Minnesota going 2-3 in those games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will be short-handed Saturday night when they visit Washington to take on the Wizards and try to start a new winning streak.

Minnesota won its first three games before losing at Philadelphia (117-95) on Wednesday night. That game included a fight between Karl-Anthony Towns and the Sixers' Joel Embiid that resulted in two-game suspension for both players.

Towns' suspension begins against the Wizards.

"While we are disappointed with the league's decision, we understand the magnitude of this unfortunate incident," Minnesota president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas said in a statement. We support Karl and will move forward together as a group."

The Timberwolves will need to make up for the offense that Towns won't be able to provide. He's averaging a double-double with 27.3 points and 11.5 rebounds through the first four games.

Andrew Wiggins (20.3 ppg.) is Minnesota's second-leading scorer and Jeff Teague (17.5) ranks third. Robert Covington (10.3) also could pitch in.

The Timberwolves announced Thursday they exercised the third-year option on guard Josh Okogie, who's averaging 9.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in his second NBA season.

This will be Minnesota's only visit to Washington this season.

The Wizards are coming off a wild 159-158 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, when Bradley Beal scored 46 points. The game saw the Wizards give up 48 points in the fourth quarter and waste an 11-point lead.

Beal, averaging 26.8 points and 7.8 assists, has been Washington's main offensive weapon. The Wizards -- likely without John Wall (torn Achilles) all season -- will need to keep playing hard.

"We know we compete each and every night," Beal said on the team's web site. "That's what we expect of ourselves, and we did that (against Houston). A lot of things didn't go our way, but other than that, if we play like this, we'll win a lot of games."

Despite not having Wall, the Wizards have played well through the first four games. Their 1-3 record includes a two-point loss at San Antonio, the one-point loss to Houston and another close defeat (108-100) in Dallas.

The loss to the Rocket occurred in Washington's home opener. The game with Minnesota is the middle contest of a three-game homestand that concludes Monday against Detroit.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 1, 2019

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