Wolves zap Wizards, 93-72

After two disappointing losses at home, the Minnesota Timberwolves wake up in Washington to post their first road victory of the season.
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After two disappointing losses at home, the Minnesota Timberwolves wake up in Washington to post their first road victory of the season.

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