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MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Garnett showed up courtside, and that was not the only surprise in Minnesota on Friday night.

In their first week without erstwhile defensive stalwart Jimmy Butler, the new-look Timberwolves locked down one of the Western Conference’s top teams.

Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points, Derrick Rose had 17 and the Wolves won their third straight game since trading Butler by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 112-96 on Friday night.

The Blazers have their first losing streak of the season — not the start they wanted for their six-game road trip.

C.J. McCollum had 18 points and Damian Lillard added 16 for Portland, which never led. The Blazers got within six in the third quarter before Minnesota closed the period on a 21-11 run by attacking the basket. The Blazers committed 18 turnovers, leading to 22 Wolves points.

“The ball is in my hands a lot and the team counts on me to take care of the ball and make sure that we get quality possessions. I didn’t do a great job of that,” said Lillard, who had five turnovers.

Wearing a new purple-and-black alternate jersey on a Prince-themed night, Garnett got the crowd going when the video board showed him sitting below the basket. Then the home team kept them cheering with a defensive effort that would’ve made the Wolves icon — a ferocious defender in his prime — proud.

“It was great to see him,” Karl-Anthony Towns said. “It was a long conversation with me and him to get him to come. So I’m happy he came and we played really well as a team.”

Also Friday:

Celtics 123, Raptors 116: BOSTON — Kyrie Irving had a season-high 43 points, scoring 17 points in the last 8:06 of the fourth quarter to force overtime and then making or recording an assist on every basket in the extra period in Boston’s victory.

Pelicans 129, Knicks 124: NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis scored a season-high 43 points and grabbed 17 rebounds and New Orleans overcame an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit.

76ers 113, Jazz 107: PHILADELPHIA — Jimmy Butler scored 28 points in his home debut and Joel Embiid had 23 to lift Philadelphia.

Nets 115, Wizards 104: WASHINGTON — Spencer Dinwiddie scored a season-best 25 points, D’Angelo Russell had 23 and Brooklyn got its first victory since Caris LeVert’s gruesome foot injury.

Grizzlies 112, Kings 104: MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. scored a season-high 27 points, and Marc Gasol added 19 points and 15 rebounds to become Memphis’ career rebounding leader.

Bucks 123, Bulls 104: MILWAUKEE — Eric Bledsoe scored 25 points, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo each added 23 points and Milwaukee overcame a 22-point deficit. Down 63-45 at the half, the Bucks outscored the Bulls 46-17 in the third quarter.

Pacers 99, Heat 91: INDIANAPOLIS — Tyreke Evans hit five 3-pointers and scored a season-high 23 points, leading Indiana past Miami. Bojan Bogdanovic had 16 points and six rebounds.

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