Timberwolves take control early and ease to victory over cellar-dwelling Nets
Andrew Wiggins plays 38 minutes, scoring 23 points on 9 of 18 shooting for Minnesota. AP

THE Minnesota Timberwolves took control early and never looked back, routing the cellar-dwelling Brooklyn Nets, 129-109, on Saturday in Minneapolis (Sunday, Manila time).

Karl-Anthony Towns had a huge double-double of 37 points and 13 rebounds as the Timberwolves bounced back from a loss to the Indiana Pacers.

The Timberwolves were in control throughout, taking a 19-7 lead and were never threatened.

Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points on 9 of 18 shooting, while Zach LaVine came up with 20 points, making 6 of 11 field goal attempts.

Shabazz Muhammad came off the bench to deliver 18 points for Minnesota, which scored its fourth win in the last five games and 18th in 47 outings.

The Nets suffered their fifth consecutive loss and 38th in 48 games.

Brook Lopez scored 25 points on 10 of 15 shooting for Brookyln.

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