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Story of the day - Rose marks return to form with career-high 50

By Sports Desk November 01, 2018

Derrick Rose put on a vintage performance on Wednesday night, as he scored a career-high 50 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 128-125 win over the Utah Jazz.

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    The Clippers did not turn the ball over much, but the opposition capitalised at all the right times. Dallas converted Los Angeles' eight turnovers into 23 points. 

    Harrison Barnes led all scorers with 20 points. Luka Doncic and Smith each chipped in 17 points. Smith had missed the past six games because of a back injury and illness while also being at the center of trade rumours. 

    The Clippers were ice-cold, shooting just 36.3 per cent from the field. Beverley led Los Angeles in scoring with 16 points.

    Dallas improved to 21-26 while Los Angeles dropped to 25-22.

     

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    Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists to help lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Portland Trail Blazers 123-114.

    Karl-Anthony Towns put up 25 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists in a 118-91 blowout win for the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Phoenix Suns.

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    Toronto Raptors 120-105 Sacramento Kings
    Oklahoma City Thunder 123-114 Portland Trail Blazers
    Dallas Mavericks 106-98 Los Angeles Clippers
    Minnesota Timberwolves 118-91 Phoenix Suns

     

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