MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Before his team faced the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night, Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau stressed the Timberwolves couldn’t replace injured star Jimmy Butler with a single player. To overcome his absence, they would need a collective effort.
For at least one game, the Wolves responded.
Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Andrew Wiggins added 23 and Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 points and 13 rebounds for his NBA-leading 53rd double-double of the season in a 122-104 victory over Chicago.
Playing their first game since Butler injured his right knee during Friday night’s loss in Houston, the Timberwolves earned a much-needed win after a long day. They arrived home late in the morning, then learned Butler has a meniscus injury that will sideline him indefinitely.
The team is optimistic he will be able to return this season.
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