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Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) and guard D'Angelo Russell (0) celebrate a basket against the Chicago Bulls in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

The Minnesota Timberwolves are 5-2 in their last seven games. It’s probably no coincidence that D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns were both on the court for all those contests.

There’s only been 15 games this season in which both Russell and Towns played – and Minnesota is 9-6 in those games.

When that dynamic duo play, the Wolves average 117.9 points per game while shooting 47.5% from the field and 36.3% from 3. Minnesota has also averaged 44.3 rebounds and 27.0 assists over those 15 games.

In the Wolves’ other 48 games in which Russell and/or Towns didn’t suit up, those numbers dip to 108.4 ppg, 43.5 FG%, 34.4 3%, 42.6 RPG and 24.6 APG.

Since April 16 – that seven-game stretch – only Washington (7-1), Denver (6-1) and New York (6-1) have better records.

Russell continues to come off the bench for Minnesota. His 255 points as a sub since April 5 are the most in the NBA over that span. The Knicks’ Derrick Rose is next at 204.

In this recent seven-game run, Russell is averaging 18.6 points and 6.3 assists while shooting 49.5% from the field and 42.6% from behind the arc.

Towns is averaging 24.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists while shooting 49.1% from the field and 39.5% from 3.

The pair certainly aren’t the only reason the Wolves have heated up down the stretch – but they’re a big one.

Other notes:

-- Anthony Edwards needs 27 points to tie and 28 to pass Christian Laettner for the most points by a rookie in any month in Wolves history. Laettner had 347 points in March 1993. Andrew Wiggins is next on the list with 336 in January 2015 followed by Towns with 329 in March 2016. Edwards enters Thursday’s game against Golden State with 320 in April. He’s also fifth on the list with 314 points in March.

-- The Wolves are 5-1 at Target Center against the Warrirs since March 10, 2017. Minnesota has better records at home vs. only Portland and Utah (both 6-1) over that span.

-- Golden State has lost 20 games by 20+ points, the most blowout defeats of any team in the NBA.

Statistics courtesy Sportradar and basketball-reference

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