Point guard Russell Westbrook had a triple-double as the most complete player for the Washington Wizards, who easily beat the Timberwolves in Minnesota 128-112 on Saturday.
The Wizards have won seven of the last eight to return to playoff contention in the uncompetitive Eastern Conference after a losing start of 6-17.
Westbrook had 19 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists, in what was his 10th triple-double of the season, leading the NBA in that facet of the game.
While guard Bradley Beal, in his line of leading scorer of the team and the NBA, achieved 34 points that left him in front of the winning attack of the Wizars.
In addition, forward Garrison Mathews confirmed the resurgence of his game and was once again a winning factor for the Wizards by contributing 18 points.
Brazilian point guard Raúl Neto had three points, two rebounds and six assists in 26 minutes of action by scoring 1 of 6 shots from the field (1 of 2 triples).
For the Timberwolves, the leader of the attack was again the Dominican center Karl Anthony Towns with 23 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes on the court, scoring 7 of 19 shots from the field, including 2 of 6 triples, and 7 of 9 from the personal d line.
Rookie guard-forward Anthony Edwards had 21 points and backup center Naz Reid had 17 points and three assists.
Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio had six points, two rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes by scoring 1 of 4 shots from the field (1 of 1 triple) and 3 of 4 from the personnel line, without being able to be a winning factor with the Timberwolves .
His compatriot, power forward Juan Hernangómez had two points and two rebounds in three minutes of action, after scoring 2 of 2 free throws.
The Timberwolves lost their seventh straight game, matching their longest losing streak of the season and 11 of the last 12 games played.