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Westbrook, Adams power Thunder past Timberwolves in 112-94 game

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook had 26 points and 10 assists as the Thunder beat a below-strength Minnesota 112-94 on Sunday.

It was Oklahoma City's first home preseason game after opening with two games in Spain, then playing in Dallas and Tulsa.

Oklahoma City's crowd cheered loudly when Westbrook was the first player announced during pregame introductions, in part, because the former scoring champion and two-time All-Star MVP re-signed with Oklahoma City after Kevin Durant chose to leave for Golden State.

Westbrook was more concerned about the way the Thunder played.

"We are getting into the flow of things, trying to figure out different things we can use," he said. "It was good."

Steven Adams scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half as Westbrook constantly looked for him. Victor Oladipo scored 11 points and Enes Kanter added 10 points.

The Timberwolves, backing up after playing at Miami the day before, rested Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio, Karl-Anthony Towns and Zach LaVine.

Hawks 105, Magic 98

Paul Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored 19 points to lead Atlanta past Orlando.

Millsap made 7 of 12 shots and had nine rebounds and seven assists for the Hawks. Serge Ibaka scored 25 points and Evan Fournier added 22 for the Magic.

Nuggets 106, Trail Blazers 97

Wilson Chandler scored 18 points and Will Barton had 17 to lead Denver to a win at Portland.

Chandler made 4 of 5 3-pointers and Jusuf Nurkic had 13 points for Denver.

C.J. McCollum scored 20 points and Al-Faroug Aminu added 18 for the Trail Blazers while Damian Lillard scored just four points on 1-for-10 shooting.

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