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Teague scores 25 to lead Butler-less Wolves past Bulls

Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins (22) drives against Chicago Bulls' David Nwaba during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, ...
Chicago Bulls' David Nwaba (11) drives against Minnesota Timberwolves' Nemanja Bjelica (8), of Serbia, during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball ...
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau watches play by his team against the Chicago Bulls during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game...
Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine (8) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns (32) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on S...
Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg reacts to a call as his team plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the third quarter of an NBA basketb...
Minnesota Timberwolves' Nemanja Bjelica (8), of Serbia, drives as teammate Taj Gibson (67) sets a pick for Chicago Bulls' David Nwaba (11) during the ...
Minnesota Timberwolves' Jamal Crawford (11) passes the ball away from Chicago Bulls' David Nwaba (11) and Lauri Markkanen (24), of Finland, during the...
Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns (32) fouls Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine (8) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, F...
Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine (8) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns (32) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sa...
Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns, center, shoots against Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine (8) and Lauri Markkanen, of Finland, during the first qu...
Minnesota Timberwolves' Jeff Teague (0) guards Chicago Bulls' Kris Dunn (32) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 24, ...

Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins (22) drives against Chicago Bulls' David Nwaba during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, ...

Chicago Bulls' David Nwaba (11) drives against Minnesota Timberwolves' Nemanja Bjelica (8), of Serbia, during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball ...

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau watches play by his team against the Chicago Bulls during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game...

Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine (8) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns (32) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on S...

Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg reacts to a call as his team plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the third quarter of an NBA basketb...

Minnesota Timberwolves' Nemanja Bjelica (8), of Serbia, drives as teammate Taj Gibson (67) sets a pick for Chicago Bulls' David Nwaba (11) during the ...

Minnesota Timberwolves' Jamal Crawford (11) passes the ball away from Chicago Bulls' David Nwaba (11) and Lauri Markkanen (24), of Finland, during the...

Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns (32) fouls Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine (8) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, F...

Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine (8) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns (32) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sa...

Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns, center, shoots against Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine (8) and Lauri Markkanen, of Finland, during the first qu...

Minnesota Timberwolves' Jeff Teague (0) guards Chicago Bulls' Kris Dunn (32) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 24, ...

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Andrew Wiggins added 23 and the Minnesota Timberwolves — playing their first game since All-Star Jimmy Butler was injured — beat the Chicago Bulls 122-104 on Saturday night.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 points and 13 rebounds for his 53rd double-double of the season. Jamal Crawford scored 19 off the bench for the Timberwolves, including three 3-pointers that keyed a 16-2 spurt to open the fourth quarter and put them comfortably ahead for good.

Zach LaVine scored 21 to lead the Bulls in his return to Target Center since the blockbuster offseason trade that sent Butler to Minnesota.

Even with Butler sidelined indefinitely by an injured meniscus in his right knee, the Wolves had little trouble on offense without their leading scorer. They certainly missed him on defense, though.

Chicago trailed by as many as 12 early, but LaVine hit some timely buckets and the Bulls' bench outscored Minnesota's reserves 24-7 in the first half. The Bulls looked to be in prime position to sweep the season series after a one-point win in Chicago on Feb. 9.

Chicago led by five in the third quarter before Minnesota used an 18-11 run to regain the lead heading into the fourth.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Former Wolves draft pick Kris Dunn had 10 points in his return to Minnesota. . F Paul Zipser sat out with a left foot injury sustained Thursday against Philadelphia. He left that game after only seven minutes and didn't practice on Friday. . Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday were inactive again in favor of getting more time for younger players. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he does expect to get the two veterans back into the mix. "They're still active in practice, and right now the big thing for us is getting a look at some of the younger guys that haven't gotten a lot of minutes," Hoiberg said.

Timberwolves: Teague has scored at least 15 points in four straight games. . Towns didn't have a field goal or rebound in the first quarter. . The Wolves announced their 11th sellout of the season. . Minnesota wrapped up the 11th of 15 back-to-back sets this season.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Visit the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.

Timberwolves: At the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

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Updated : 2021-07-25 21:55 GMT+08:00