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Bulls, LaVine sinks Wolves in 1st meeting since trade

Bulls, LaVine sinks Wolves in 1st meeting since trade”

While Butler scored 38, something about the Minnesota defector's season-high 38 points.

"Everybody knows I have a lot of love for organization, this city, this fan base", Butler said.

While LaVine scored 10 points in the first half, it was uneventful compared to his show in the second.

Scoring the team's final 11 points, LaVine played like a man determined for an upset. As a team, the Timberwolves shot a sizzling 58 percent from the field and 19 of 33 from the three-point line but it still wasn't enough as LeBron James made a clutch block on Butler with just 1.3 seconds left on the clock before draining the game-winner at the buzzer.

"I think it just played out that way", LaVine said. No player found their groove during that time. This will be Butler's (and Taj Gibson's) first career game versus the team that drafted him.

Butler also thanked the Bulls organization and fans, displaying an appreciation for a almost three-minute video tribute for him and Gibson that was played during a first-quarter timeout. And after the game, Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson talked to them in the locker room.

"It's great to see the fan base come out to watch me and Taj play and compete like we were still in a Bulls uniform, cheering for us, excited when we're out on the floor", Butler said. He even acknowledged Friday, "I don't think time really heals it".

"For Zach to go out and have that type of game where he was the go-to guy the entire fourth quarter, the seven or eight minutes he was in there, that's huge for him", Hoiberg said. And he had good things to say about the Bulls. "They deserve it. The city of Chicago definitely deserves it". The four-time All-Star finished with seven rebounds and five assists.

Now the Timberwolves have a new big three with Wiggins, Towns, and Jimmy Butler. But Minnesota blew a 17-point lead in the third quarter and came up short again after losing in overtime to Cleveland on Wednesday. "I know what I've got in me, I know the hard work I put in, so we're going to keep this going".

Bulls point guard Kris Dunn is out of the NBA's concussion protocol, though he will miss at least two more games for Chicago.

But the Bulls answered out of the timeout with a driving LaVine dunk and a three from LaVine after a Minnesota miss to tie there game at 111 with 40.6 seconds left.



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