Twolves dump Bulls

Published 10:27 am Monday, February 13, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — Tom Thibodeau insisted this was just another game, that there were no hard feelings lingering or extra incentive added when facing the Chicago Bulls after such an acrimonious split in 2015.

The players on his new team and the players on his old team seem to think otherwise.

Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 22 to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the severely short-handed Bulls 117-89 on Sunday.

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Ricky Rubio had 17 points, 11 assists and six rebounds and Minnesota shot 54 percent to help Thibodeau sweep the season series against his former team.

“It’s always hard when you’ve been through things with people,” Thibodeau said. “I really root for that team, those guys, particularly the ones I’ve coached before. I want them to do well except when we play against them. It’s a great basketball city. It’s a great organization. I had five great years there.”