NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Minnesota
(Sunday, January 25th)
Final Score: Minnesota 109, Chicago 108 (OT)
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Al Jefferson posted a season-high 39 points to go with nine rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame a terrible start to the game to upend the Chicago Bulls, 109-108, in overtime.
Kevin Love scored 19 points -- 14 in the final quarter and overtime -- in addition to grabbing 15 rebounds, while Rodney Carney had 13 points for the T-Wolves, who missed their first 11 shots of the game but recovered to improve to 9-2 in January.
Luol Deng logged 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Ben Gordon deposited a team-high 23 points for Chicago, which dropped its fifth straight. Joakim Noah recorded 14 points and 10 boards in the setback.
Derrick Rose finished with 18 points and seven assists but missed potential game-winners in regulation and overtime for the Bulls, who got 15 points off the bench from Andres Nocioni.
After blowing an early lead, Chicago trailed by four midway through the third. The Bulls rallied to take an 82-77 advantage into the fourth, where it was a one-point game in Chicago's favor with 5 1/2 minutes to play.
Rose then completed a three-point play and Gordon followed with a bucket for a six-point lead. Love's back-to-back field goals and 2-for-4 effort from the foul line, wrapped around two Bulls free throws, brought it back to 95-93 with roughly two minutes remaining.
After an unsuccessful Chicago possession, Minnesota's Randy Foye was off the mark on a three-pointer as the shot clock was winding down.
Noah and Jefferson then traded baskets, and, following another Chicago miss, Jefferson scored again in the lane -- tipping in his second chance after Noah got a piece of the ball -- to tie the game, 97-97, with 23.9 ticks remaining.
With the shot clock off, the Bulls held for the last possession. Rose controlled the ball at the top of the key but couldn't shake Sebastian Telfair. The rookie's attempt just inside the three-point line hit iron as the buzzer sounded, signaling another five minutes of action.
It remained dead-locked at 105-105 with under two minutes left in the extra session. A jump ball with 1:26 remaining resulted in a Minnesota possession, and Jefferson once again came through with a deuce just outside the paint.
Gordon sunk two free throws at the other end for yet another tie, and Mike Miller couldn't get his runner to fall for the Wolves. Nocioni was fouled grabbing the carom but hit just 1-of-2 at the foul line with 49.4 ticks left.
Eight seconds later, Foye, who was 1-for-10 from the field at that point, made up for his tough shooting night by shifting into the lane and hitting the go- ahead layup.
"[Hitting the eventual game-winner] felt great, especially the way I shot the ball tonight," Foye said. "We basically pulled our way back to get the victory."
Gordon's quick attempt from the corner was short and Minnesota's Ryan Gomes grabbed the rebound. The Wolves called timeout with under 27 seconds left, setting up a play for Miller, who missed the rim entirely from long range with 13.1 seconds to play.
Again the Bulls counted on Rose to finish but the Memphis product came up empty. He was stifled in the lane and threw up a contested shot that rolled off the rim. Aaron Gray nearly tipped in the miss but that too didn't fall, and the Wolves were awarded the ball after it went out-of-bounds with under two seconds left, essentially ending the game.
"It's frustrating," Rose said of the Bulls' recent struggles.
Minnesota came out sluggishly and trailed 20-4 before Brian Cardinal recorded a layup with 5:06 to play in the frame.
The first quarter ended with the Bulls ahead 30-19 and the Wolves finally found their stroke midway through the second, specifically Carney, who scored seven straight points at the midway point to tie help tie the game at 37-all.
Chicago ended the half on an 8-3 run to pull in front, 55-49.
Gomes' three-pointer with under eight minutes remaining in the third ended a 10-0 Minnesota spurt, leaving the hosts up 61-57.
Chicago will also visit the Clippers, Kings, Suns, Rockets, Hornets and Mavericks on its seven-game road trek... Bulls center Drew Gooden did not play due to a groin injury...Chicago has lost four straight at the Target Center...Tyrus Thomas ended with 11 points and nine rebounds for Chicago...Foye and Telfair each score nine points for the Wolves.
01/25 23:05:18 ET