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Timberwolves rally to beat Hornets in OT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Andrew Wiggins had 29 points while Karl-Anthony Towns collected 27 points and 15 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Charlotte Hornets 125-120 in overtime at Spectrum Center o...

Dec 3, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) goes up for a shot against Charlotte Hornets forward Spencer Hawes (00) in the first half at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 3, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) goes up for a shot against Charlotte Hornets forward Spencer Hawes (00) in the first half at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Andrew Wiggins had 29 points while Karl-Anthony Towns collected 27 points and 15 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Charlotte Hornets 125-120 in overtime at Spectrum Center on Saturday.

The Timberwolves used a spirited fourth-quarter comeback that began with a 10-0 run and a dominant overtime stanza to seal the victory.

Minnesota improved to 6-14. Five players scored in double-digits, including 17 points from Zach LaVine and 12 each from Shabazz Muhammad and Nemanja Bjelica.

Charlotte dropped to 11-9, and the Hornets have now lost two of their last three games. Guard Kemba Walker led the team with 22 points while forward Frank Kaminsky chipped in 21 points. Nicolas Batum was just shy of a triple-double with 15 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.

Though Minnesota was sluggish throughout most the game - which was the second night of a back-to-back - the Wolves scored 10 unanswered points to start the fourth quarter and knotted the score at 84-84 with 8:18 remaining.

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Charlotte built its lead back to 104-97 with 1:26 left after a 3-pointer from Kaminsky before Minnesota made another run that included three 3-pointers in the final 38.8 seconds.

The capper came when Ricky Rubio forced Walker into a turnover on an inbounds play with 38 seconds remaining. Walker stepped out of bounds while attempting to avoid Rubio on the baseline, and Rubio then knocked in a 3-pointer with 31.9 seconds left to slice Charlotte's advantage to 104-103.

A Walker jumper with 14.6 seconds left pushed the Hornets' edge to 106-103. But Wiggins knocked in a 3-pointer with 8.9 seconds left to even the score at 106-106 and force overtime.

In the extra period, Minnesota knocked in seven straight points, culminating with a powerful Towns dunk that gave the Wolves a 113-106 edge with 3:58 left that Charlotte could not overcome.

Charlotte had led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter.

Dec 3, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) goes up for a shot against Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller (40) in the first half at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 3, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) goes up for a shot against Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller (40) in the first half at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

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