Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves clamped down late on the Bulls to secure a 102-93 victory at the United Center in Chicago.
Karl-Anthony Towns added yet another double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while adding another four blocked shots.
The Wolves got big production from their other rookie as well. Nemanja Bjelica finished with a double-double of his own, the first of his NBA career: 17 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.
Wiggins played a game-high 41 minutes (as did Jimmy Butler), Bjelica played 40 minutes off the bench, both Prince & Rubio played 39 minutes too.
For the first time in his career, Tyus Jones was active because Kevin Martin missed the game for "personal reasons". Jones did not play, neither did Damjan Rudez or Andre Miller.
For the first few games of the season, the talk has been about how Andrew Wiggins needed to step up offensively if the Wolves were going to continue to find success this season. He did just that and against a solid Chicago defense to boot. Wiggins' 31 points came on 11-for-27 shooting from the field, 4-for-5 from deep, and 5-for-10 from the line; also adding 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block.
Minnesota outscored the Bulls 9-0 in the overtime period, marking the first time in franchise history that Chicago failed to score in an overtime period.
The Bulls got 21 points & 14 rebounds from Pau Gasol, while Tony Snell also added 14 points.
The Timberwolves lost back-to-back games at home (vs. Portland & Miami), but their now 3-2 on the year and a perfect 3-0 on the road this season! It took Minnesota 18 games to win three road games a season ago. This year...it took just three.
The Bulls fresh off a big win over the Oklahoma City Thunder didn't seem to give much effort in tonight's game--coming in basically expecting to win.
The Wolves, 3-2, visit the Hawks on Monday evening at Phillips Arena in Atlanta.
Cody D. Anderson
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