Timberwolves top NBA in double-digit scorers

One thing has been certain throughout the Minnesota Timberwolves’ entire 2017-18 campaign – everyone on the team can score the basketball.

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Jimmy Butler (22.4 points per game), Karl-Anthony Towns (20.2) and Andrew Wiggins (17.5) lead the way, but Minnesota’s Jeff Teague (13.1), Taj Gibson (12.4) and Jamal Crawford (10.1) make it six Wolves players to average double digits.

Out of the Timberwolves’ 61 games this season, they’ve had at least five players score double-digit points 46 times. That’s the most among any team in the NBA.

Most Games with 5+ Players with 10+ Points Each – 2017-18

Minnesota Timberwolves 46
Indiana Pacers 45
Chicago Bulls 43
Orlando Magic 43
Brooklyn Nets 41
Los Angeles Lakers 41

It was a big deal last season when the Timberwolves snapped a franchise record and scored 100+ points in 12 straight games, topping the 11-game run by the Tom Gugliotta-led Timberwolves in 1997-98.

But this year, the Timberwolves have quietly surpassed that mark. They’ve scored 100+ points in 14 straight contests, good for the best run in franchise history and the longest active streak in the NBA.

Timberwolves, Most Consecutive Games w/ 100+ Pts – All-Time

14 01/20/2018 – 02/15/2018 **ACTIVE
12 10/20/2017 – 11/13/2017
11 01/10/1998 – 02/01/1998
8 12/30/1990 – 01/15/1991
8 02/07/1991 – 02/22/1991
8 12/12/2017 – 12/27/2017

It’s a streak Minnesota will take into its matchup with the hot-shooting Houston Rockets on Friday night. Look for both teams to pass the century mark – Houston has done so against the Timberwolves in the team’s llast 18 head-to-head matchups.

NOTABLE

— The Rockets are currently on a 10-game winning streak, their eighth 10+ win streak in franchise history.

— Houston has 109,226 career points on its active roster, the most in the NBA.

— The Timberwolves are 1-10 on the road in 2018. Only the Grizzlies have a worse record away from home since Jan. 1 (0-8).

— Towns averages 26.9 points and 15.2 rebounds per game against the Rockets. He’s had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in his last six games vs. Houston. His 50 double-doubles this season make him the first player since Shaquille O’Neal to record 50+ double-doubles in each of his first three seasons.

— Houston has sunk 15+ 3-pointers in its last seven games against Minnesota, and guard James Harden has knocked down a triple in his last 66 contests, the longest stretch of his nine-year career.

Statistics courtesy STATS