NBA Game Recap - Minnesota at Chicago
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:00 PM EST

PHI
95
TOR
107
F
OKC
120
ORL
114
F
SAC
106
DET
127
F
LAL
100
NY
92
F
WAS
129
MIA
134
F(OT)
MEM
95
BOS
119
F
LAC
95
ATL
102
F
DEN
105
HOU
121
F
MIN
110
CHI
117
F
IND
112
PHO
87
F
SA
121
NO
117
F
UTA
129
GS
96
F

Chicago 117, Minnesota 110

Jan 22, 2020, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Minnesota (15-29)

26

26

27

31

110

Chicago (17-29)

35

24

22

36

117

LaVine scores 25 points, Bulls beat Timberwolves 117-110
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:17 AM

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls envisioned Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen providing a powerful one-two punch and leading them to the playoffs coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history.

This was more like it.

LaVine scored 25 points, Markkanen added 21 and the Chicago Bulls overcame a big performance by Karl-Anthony Towns to beat the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves 117-110 on Wednesday night.

"I'm a glass-half-full type of (person)," LaVine said. "There's still a lot of games to be played."

LaVine had seven points in the final 2:25 to help Chicago pull out the win after letting a 19-point lead in the second quarter slip away.

His 3-pointer put the Bulls ahead for good at 111-108 with 1:26 remaining. LaVine then hit two free throws with 26 seconds left. Kris Dunn sank four more foul shots and the Bulls came out on top after losing nine of 12.

Towns scored a season-high 40 points, but the Timberwolves lost their seventh straight.

LaVine, pushing for a spot in the All-Star Game next month in Chicago, hit three 3-pointers. Markkanen, whose scoring and rebounding are down from last season, nailed four from beyond the arc in his highest-scoring game since he finished with 26 points in a loss to Dallas on Jan. 6.

"They're two important pieces," Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. "They have a responsibility to grow and get better, but also to help us win. They're doing the best they can."

Luke Kornet scored 15 to match a season high. Kris Dunn finished with 14 points on just four field-goal attempts, and Cristiano Felicio added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

TOWNS IN TUNE

Towns dominated in his fourth game back after missing 15 because of a sprained left knee. The two-time All-Star made 16 of 24 shots, going 4 of 8 on 3-pointers.

"Like I said before, I just felt I had to get implemented back into the offense," he said. "There was so many things that changed and everything when I was out, I was just trying to find myself in the offense. I think it was taken the wrong way when I said it. I was more saying the plays weren't meant for me anymore, it was different, but the coaching staff did a great job and we talked it out."

Andrew Wiggins scored 25 points - all but three in the second half. Shabazz Napier added 16 points and seven rebounds.

The Timberwolves tied it at 66 midway through the third quarter on Gorgui Dieng's 3-pointer and grabbed their first lead since the opening minutes when Wiggins nailed a 3 to make it 69-68. The teams kept trading leads until the closing minutes.

STRONG START

Towns, coming off a 28-point effort against Denver on Monday, scored 12 of Minnesota's first 14. But that didn't stop the Bulls from going up by 19 in the first half.

They scored 11 straight points late in the opening quarter to go ahead by 14, then went on a 14-3 run early in the second. Coby White capped that spurt with a layup to make it 49-30 with 5:41 left, but Minnesota pulled within seven at halftime.

"I liked the second half. I hated the first half," Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said. "Bottom line, you are not going to win games like that. We're not a very good basketball team right now."

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Have not won since beating Portland on Jan. 9. ... The Timberwolves were 13 of 24 from the foul line. ... Minnesota got outscored 56-48 in the paint and 14-6 on the break.

Bulls: LaVine has 12 straight games with 20 or more points. ... Dunn made eight of nine free throws and grabbed seven rebounds. ... Markkanen, who has 101 3-pointers, joined Ben Gordon and Kirk Hinrich as the only Bulls players to make 100 or more in each of their first three seasons. ... Felicio's double-double was the seventh of his career and first since he had 14 points and 11 rebounds against Brooklyn on April 7, 2018. ... Chicago's reserves outscored Minnesota's 40-17.

QUOTABLE

"Fans think it so easy to win in the NBA. It is very difficult. This is the most difficult thing you can think of. No offense, this is not Lifetime Fitness. It is not L.A. Fitness. This is the real thing." - Towns.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Host Houston on Friday.

Bulls: Host Sacramento on Friday.

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Leaders

Minnesota PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Okogie 0 -6 5 6 0 0
K. Towns 40 -7 2 6 0 0
Chicago PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
Z. LaVine 25 1 1 5 0 1
L. Markkanen 21 -2 1 6 1 0

Team Comparison

MIN CHI
Points For 110 117
Field Goals 41/86-48% 39/84-46%
Three Pointers 15/44-34% 9/30-30%
Free Throws 13/24-54% 30/37-81%
Offensive Rebounds 10 12
Defensive Rebounds 33 38
Rebounds 50 58
Blocks 3 2
Steals 7 9
Turnovers 18 12
Points Scored Off Turnovers 15 25
Points in the Paint 48 56
Fast Break Points 6 14
Personal Fouls 25 22
Technical Fouls 1 1
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - CHI Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 22 MIN 110 @ CHI 117 G. Dieng 3 R. Arcidiacono 1

Game Information

Stadium: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 18,875
Game Time: 2:19