CHICAGO (AP) — Thaddeus Young scored 20 points, Coby White added 19 and the Chicago Bulls beat Milwaukee 118-112 with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the rest of the Bucks’ starters missing the regular-season finale Sunday night.
BOSTON (AP) — Celtics president Danny Ainge didn’t get everything he wanted at the trade deadline...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler is gone and so is Minnesota's losing streak, after a victory over a Nets team devastated by a gruesome injury to leading scorer Caris LeVert.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and a season-high 21 rebounds, and the Timberwolves beat Brooklyn 120-113 on Monday after finally trading Butler.
OAKLAND, Calif. Two nights after he set the basketball world ablaze with an implausible career high 50 points against the Jazz, Derrick Rose made merely a cameo for the Timberwolves in their 116-99 loss to the Warriors on Friday at Oracle Arena.
Five thoughts from an interesting weekend in local sports:
1 Much was made of Jimmy Butler’s tweets after the Timberwolves’ contentious, ejection-filled loss to the Jazz on Friday, but the most interesting one might have been his reply to a fan who tweeted at Butler, “Ricky is more Minnesota than you, Thibs or that mug Teague will ever be.”
Attempting to reduce wear on its players, the NBA opened its season two weeks earlier this year, a change that reduced the number of back-to-back games and ensured teams now wont play four games in five nights.
So at home in Target Centers friendly confines these past two months, the Timberwolves were made to borrow a word from starting point guard Jeff Teague uncomfortable in a 126-108 loss by a Houston Rockets team that can shoot the ball from almost everywhere, and usually does.
PHOENIX – Out in the Sonoran desert to play Phoenix on Saturday night, Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler didn’t go so far after practice Friday to declare there’s a new sheriff in town.
But he did promise he’ll be a different player starting Saturday than the one who sought to involve his new teammates foremost through the team’s first 11 games.
DENVER (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks arrived in Denver angry and frustrated. They're heading home feeling a lot better about their game.
Paul Millsap scored 22 points, Al Horford had 18 and the Hawks completed their Western Conference road swing with a 119-105 win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — Jeff Teague and the Atlanta Hawks knew the New Jersey Nets wanted to get even after being routed earlier in the week.
Sure enough, the Nets played hard and smart, but not well enough to win.