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Huge Fourth Quarter Leads To Wolves Win Over Bulls

by Kyle Ratke, Digital Content Manager

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The Wolves had to move on quickly after learning on Saturday that they would be without their All-Star forward Jimmy Butler for at least the foreseeable future with a right knee injury.

While Minnesota started out slow against the Bulls on Saturday night at Target Center, trailing 62-60 at half, but they bounced back in a big way, defeating the Bulls 122-104. Minnesota outscored Chicago 36-22 in the fourth quarter.

Those who needed to step up in Butler’s absence did just that.

Jeff Teague led all scorers, finishing with 25 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and two steals. Andrew Wiggins added 23 points, shooting 10-for-18 from the field. Karl-Anthony Towns had his league-leading 53rd double-double, finishing with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Jamal Crawford was huge off the bench, finishing with 19 points, 15 coming from the 3-point line. Taj Gibson also added 19 points to go with 10 rebounds.

Former Wolf Zach LaVine led Chicago with 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Bobby Portis added 15 points, while David Nwaba scored 14 and hauled in nine rebounds. Cameron Payne, Cristiano Felicio and Denzel Valentine all scored 11 points while Kris Dunn added 10.

The Wolves move to 37-26, moving to third in the West. The Bulls fall to 20-38, 12th in the East.

Highlight of the Night

With 6:25 left in the third quarter, Towns blocked LaVine’s layup attempt. Teague grabbed the rebound and pushed it ahead to Wiggins who made the layup to give the Wolves a 72-71 lead.

Numbers Game

  • The Wolves announced its 11th sellout of the season with 18,978 fans.
  • Gibson has now scored in double digits in 12 of his last 15 games.
  • Minnesota now moves to 25-7 at Target Center this season.

Player of the Game

Teague perhaps had his best game of the season, nearly finishing with a triple-double.

Up Next

The Wolves kick off a three-game road stretch on Monday against the Kings in Sacramento. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. on Fox Sports North and 830 WCCO.