Age: 30 Height: 6-2 Weight: 186 lbs School: Wake Forest
Towns had 25 points, Jeff Teague had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Okogie locked down Harden when it counted most to help the Timberwolves beat the Houston Rockets 121-111. Harden scored 30 or more points for the 31st consecutive game, tying Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in league history. But it was Okogie — who had 16 points — drawing the most praise for making some key defensive stops.
Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague gave a beleaguered backcourt a needed boost and lifted the Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory. Rose scored 22 points and Teague added 19 points and 10 assists for the Timberwolves, who played without the ill Andrew Wiggins but beat the Los Angeles Clippers 130-120 on Monday night. Rose and Teague both have missed significant time with injuries recently.
Two teams that have been tail-spinning into oblivion in their respective playoff races hope to use each other as a springboard back into contention when the Minnesota Timberwolves visit the Orlando Magic on Thursday night. Neither the Timberwolves (25-28) nor Magic (22-32) would make the playoffs if they began today, and each has a lot of ground to make up with fewer than 30 games remaining in the regular season. Minnesota won the first meeting between the two, 120-103 at home in January, with Karl-Anthony Towns (29 points, 15 rebounds), Taj Gibson (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Jeff Teague (23 points, 10 assists) all recording double-doubles.