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Saturday, January 3rd (All times eastern)

Minnesota Timberwolves (7-25) at Chicago Bulls (14-19), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Timberwolves make the short trek to the Windy City Saturday to take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

The Wolves won for the second time in three games Friday when Al Jefferson dropped 32 points and hauled in 10 rebounds in 40-plus minutes of action, as Minnesota got by Golden State, 115-108, at Target Center.

Ryan Gomes notched 21 points and 10 rebounds while rookie Kevin Love logged quality minutes off the bench with 19 points and eight boards for Minnesota, which has alternated wins and losses over its last six games.

Randy Foye added 17 points and seven assists as the Timberwolves, who improved to just 4-12 at home with the win.

The Bulls, meanwhile, continued to struggle on the road Friday when Cleveland's LeBron James notched a triple-double with 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, as the Cavaliers clobbered Chicago, 117-92.

Anderson Varejao totaled a career-high 26 points and eight boards for the Cavaliers, who are 17-0 this season at Quicken Loans Arena, the only unbeaten team in the NBA at home.

Ben Gordon collected 22 points to pace a Bulls squad that has dropped six of their last eight games overall. Lindsey Hunter had 13 points and Joakim Noah pulled down 10 rebounds to go along with eight points.

The Wolves have won three of their past four meetings with the Bulls but are just 3-13 on the road this season. Chicago has been a much tougher team at home, compiling a 10-4 record at the United Center.

01/03 10:30:51 ET

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