Towns, Timberwolves topple Mavericks

Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves will look to return to the playoffs after a drama-filled offseason.

Karl-Anthony Towns rebounded from a below-par outing to record 31 points and 12 rebounds, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to an easy 112-99 win over the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

Andrew Wiggins added 23 points for the Timberwolves (5-3), and Taj Gibson had 12 points and 10 boards.

The struggling Mavericks (1-10) were led by rookie Dennis Smith Jr., who scored 18 points. Harrison Barnes added 17.