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Russell’s late 3-pointer lifts Timberwolves past Thunder

By Cliff Brunt

AP Sports Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY — D’Angelo Russell made a 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds remaining to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Oklahoma City Thunder 106-103 on Friday night.Russell dribbled near midcourt to let the clock run, took a couple of steps toward the basket and pulled up a few feet behind the 3-point arc for the winning shot.“Late in the game, D-Lo’s been a big shot-maker in his career,” Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders said. “I’ve got a lot of confidence and faith in D-Lo.”Oklahoma City’s Hamidou Diallo missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

Malik Beasley scored 24 points and Russell added 21 for the Timberwolves.