NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Minnesota
(Wednesday, January 30th)
Final Score: Minnesota 83, Chicago 67
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Al Jefferson scored 26 points and pulled down 20 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Chicago Bulls, 83-67, at the Target Center.
Ryan Gomes poured in 25 points and grabbed 10 boards for the Timberwolves, who split a home-and-home series with the Bulls.
Sebastian Telfair had 10 assists in the victory, one night after the Bulls scored a 96-85 triumph.
Kirk Hinrich and Thabo Sefolosha scored 14 points apiece, with Hinrich adding nine assists and Sefolosha snagging eight boards. Joakim Noah tallied 10 points and gathered eight rebounds for Chicago, which has dropped three of its last four games.
The Bulls outscored the T'Wolves 14-8 in the first quarter, but led only 34-33 at the half.
The teams exchanged baskets for the first half of the third quarter and two Hinrich free throws tied the game at 46 with 6:37 on the clock.
Moments later, a Randy Foye three-pointer put Minnesota up 55-52. The trey led to an 11-0 run that closed out the third quarter and gave the T'Wolves a 63-52 advantage heading into the final 12 minutes of play.
Two Viktor Khryapa free throws cut the Bulls' deficit to seven points, 65-58, with 9:46 left to play.
However, a Gomes layup, two Jefferson buckets and a Gomes trey ensued to put the T'Wolves back on top, 74-58, with just under seven minutes left in regulation.
"Last night we didn't come out with much energy from the beginning and it just showed the whole game," Gomes said. "Tonight, even though we didn't come out with as much, we didn't need it."
The Bulls, who finished the game shooting 33.3 percent from the field, didn't pull closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
"Once again we found it very difficult to find anything offensively out here," Chicago coach Jim Boylan said. "You scratch your head sometimes, the ball- handling was very poor and turnovers hurt us."
The Bulls gave away 22 turnovers to the T'Wolves' 14...Chicago was 3-of-18 from three-point land, while Minnesota hit 4-of-16 from behind the arc.
01/30 23:11:42 ET