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MINNEAPOLIS - Before the season, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks declared that Russell Westbrook was the best point guard in the NBA.Since returning from a broken hand, Westbrook is backing up that boast.Westbrook scored 20 of his 34 points in the first half and the Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-92 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.Hes a walking triple-double, Kevin Durant said of his teammate. He passes as good as any point guard. He scores better than any point guard. He rebounds better than any point guard. He plays defence better than any point guard. I dont see what the debate is.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.While his coach and star teammate were talking him up after the win, Westbrook kept his head down and focused on the Thunder using another win to get back to where they were before all the injuries.Slowly, but surely, Westbrook said. Trying to take care of business.Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad each scored 18 points for Minnesota, which hung around in the second half after allowing the Thunder to score a season-high 70 in the first half.I was happy we finally competed, but it took us a long time to really compete, which was disappointing, Wolves coach Flip Saunders said.Steven Adams scored a season-high 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City. Anthony Morrow added 14 points off the bench, all in the first half.The Thunder took an 87-63 lead with 3:54 left in the third after Durant found Westbrook for an easy bucket inside off a no-look pass.Minnesota cut the deficit to 95-84 following Corey Brewers breakaway layup with 8 minutes left in the fourth, but Durant nailed a 3 out of a timeout and the Thunder quickly regained control.Westbrook shot 12 of 19 and had his pre-injury swagger back, pounding his chest after big shots and giving an angry glance at a fan who yelled at him following a missed dunk in the third.Russell set the tone of the game, Brooks said.For Minnesota, Thaddeus Young had 16 points and Gorgui Dieng added 11 points and nine rebounds, but it wasnt good enough to get the Wolves their first two-game winning streak of the season.OKC knows theyve got to win every game and I think we didnt come out with any sense of urgency in the first quarter, Muhammad said.TIP-INSThunder: Since 2010-11, the Thunder have gone 173-64 with Durant, Serge Ibaka and Westbrook in the starting lineup. ... Oklahoma City has won 18 of its last 21 games against Minnesota. ... Ibaka and Adams shot 7 of 8 and scored 15 points in the games first seven minutes.Timberwolves: PG Mo Williams missed his fifth game with back spasms for the beat-up Wolves. ... Muhammad played through a lingering ankle injury. ... Brewer had four steals, the third straight game hes swiped at least three.RUBIO REHABBINGSaunders said that PG Ricky Rubio is now using an anti-gravity treadmill to rehab his injured ankle. He could test the ankle on land by the middle of next week. You can see he really wants to get back, Saunders said. Weve got to hold the reins on him a little bit.DURANTS MINUTESBrooks said he hasnt talked with Durant about when and how the MVPs minutes might be bumped up from around 30 per game. He understands its the process of him coming back, Brooks said. Hes doing a great job.BUSY TRAINING ROOMSAbout a third of the way through the season, Thunder and Wolves players combined have missed 153 games because of injury.UP NEXT:Thunder: Hosts Phoenix on Sunday.Timberwolves: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Braves Babe Ruth Jersey . The motion to expand the stadiums capacity passed through by a count of 39-3, with Toronto mayor Rob Ford being among those in opposition. Braves Hank Aaron Jersey . Specifically, thumbs up to the Canadian-based teams in the NHL, or at least most of them. . A better question yet may be this: How many times has the same player been involved in both? Morneau hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and helped the Colorado Rockies turn the third triple play in team history as they beat the San Diego Padres 8-6 on Sunday. Braves Mike Foltynewicz Jersey . McCutchen hit his first home run in over a month, doubled twice and scored two runs to help the Pirates beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Sunday and take three of four from the defending NL West champions. Braves Tom Glavine Jersey . “Momentum is only as good as the next days starter,” the long-tim
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