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Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  Attendance: 18,203

Wolves hope to carry road success into Oklahoma City

According to STATS
According to STATS

Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder

  1. The Timberwolves have won their last two road games against the Thunder. A win on Friday would tie their longest road winning streak all-time against the Thunder/Sonics franchise (three straight from 2003-05).
  2. Andrew Wiggins has scored at least 15 points in all 17 of his games this season, the longest streak by a Wolves player to start a season since Kevin Garnett in 2004-05 (39).
  3. Minnesota has made at least 10 three-pointers in each of its last 11 games, the longest streak in franchise history.
  4. The Thunder have played in a lot of close games this season, with 15 of their games being decided by a single-digit margin -- second most in the NBA behind the 76ers (16).
  5. Steven Adams went 8-for-8 from the field in OKC's last game, his second career game making eight or more shots without a miss. The last Thunder/Sonics player to have two such games in his career was Derrick McKey (in 1987 and 1989).
  6. Chris Paul has notched at least two assists in 970 straight games (every game of his career), the longest streak by any player since John Stockton had a 1390-game streak from 1985-2003.

Winning on the road so far hasn't been a problem for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

They hope that trend continues on Friday night as they play the second contest of a four-game road trip at the Oklahoma City Thunder.

A little more than a month into the season, Minnesota is 7-3 away from the Target Center in Minneapolis. If the Wolves are able to keep up their winning ways on the road, they figure to be in good position around the midpoint of the season.

Friday's game is part of a stretch in which Minnesota plays 14 of 22 away from the Target Center.

After Friday's contest, Oklahoma City hits the road for four consecutive games to finish off a stretch of playing nine of 13 on the road.

In Wednesday's 121-114 loss at Dallas, Minnesota's Robert Covington made 6 of 10 shots from 3-point range to score a season-high 22 points. That included one from far behind the 3-point line.

"That's what I work on, those type of shots," Covington told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "And I'm very confident shooting them. My coaches and teammates are very confident in me shooting, and they're all in rhythm. I just feel like I got the shot, let it fly."

Oklahoma City's Steven Adams is coming off probably his best game of the season with 20 points and nine rebounds in Wednesday's 107-100 loss to Indiana. Adams made all eight of his field goals against the Pacers.

Adams has been dealing with a knee injury that forced him to miss a game in early November.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Adams is getting closer to 100 percent.

"I think he looks more athletic," Donovan said. "He looks more lively, he looks more springy, he's running better.

"I think everything for him looks a lot better."

In the last three games, Adams has scored a combined 28 first-quarter points. Wednesday, he had 10.

"I think it was just putting emphasis on it early," Adams said of his recent early scoring. "That's what the game plan is, and then just kind of make adjustments as the game goes on, just try and find little windows in and amongst the offense."

The Timberwolves have lost six of their last nine games, including two straight.

Friday's meeting is the first of four meetings between the teams this season. Minnesota won three of the four meetings in 2018-19.

The Thunder will be without Hamidou Diallo for the sixth consecutive game as he continues his recovery from a hyperextended elbow.

Timberwolves' forward Jake Layman will miss his seventh consecutive game with a hyperextended toe.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 5, 2019

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