Bulls fire coach Fred Hoiberg; Boylen takes over

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Teague was hit with a tech­ni­cal foul on a play in which he was fouled.

Af­ter Hous­ton scored 38 points in the sec­ond quar­ter, Min­nesota an­swered with a 38-point quar­ter of its own. The Tim­ber­wolves tied it at 76 af­ter back-to-back three­p­oint­ers by Teague to cap a 15-3 run. Wig­gins also hit a three­p­ointer and had a block at the other end dur­ing the stretch. Min­nesota took its first lead since 14-11 when Dario Saric hit a three­p­ointer that made it 79-77.

The Wolves grew their lead in the fourth quar­ter on a three­p­oint play by Saric and a three-pointer from the top of the key by Cov­ing­ton that made it 94-82.

Harden hit a shot in the fourth that ended a 42-14 Tim­ber­wolves' run over 14.5 min­utes. The nine points in the fourth quar­ter was the fewest for the Rock­ets in any quar­ter this sea­son.

Mon­day (Tues­day, PHL time) marked the first time Min­nesota and Hous­ton faced off since last year's play­offs. The Rock­ets beat the Tim­ber­wolves in five games, in­clud­ing a game that saw Hous­ton score 50 points in a quar­ter at Tar­get Cen­ter. CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls came into the sea­son think­ing they would start to climb in the wide-open Eastern Con­fer­ence with a promis­ing group of young play­ers. A coach­ing change wasn’t part of the plan.

The skid­ding Bulls fired Fred Hoiberg on Mon­day and pro­moted associate head coach Jim Boylen in hopes of turn­ing around a mis­er­able sea­son. Chicago is av­er­ag­ing 103.4 points — 28th in the NBA — and is get­ting outscored by 9.6 per game. They are a woe­ful 5-19, bet­ter only than Cleve­land and Phoenix.

Hoiberg, who had to deal with a vet­eran ros­ter that didn’t fit his style early on and then in­juries to key play­ers start­ing in train­ing camp, never found his foot­ing in Chicago. It added up to a 115-155 mark with one play­off ap­pear­ance in three­plus sea­sons.

Ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions John Pax­son in­sisted the de­ci­sion went be­yond wins and losses, cit­ing a lack of “en­ergy and spirit.”

“We were in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion last year at this time,” Pax­son said. “But the en­tire en­ergy about this group was dif­fer­ent back then. We felt that here in the last sev­eral weeks, that some­thing’s dif­fer­ent. What we’re lack­ing ... is a spirit about our team.”

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