TIMBERWOLVES 111, BULLS 96
the wrong reasons.
“At times it was [a distraction],’’ former Bull Taj Gibson said. “When you’ve got to deal with players, trade rumors, stuff like that, it always makes the locker room a little uneasy. But the team was cool. It’s always a distraction, though, when you have things like that.’’
Now distraction-free, the Timberwolves (9-11) handled the Bulls with ease, holding the 5-15 visiting team to 17 points in the fourth quarter.
Rose had 22 points, and Gibson had six.
Karl-Anthony Towns had game highs of 35 points and 22 rebounds for the Timberwolves, but Andrew Wiggins went 0-for12 from the field and didn’t score.
Thibodeau is 4-1 against the Bulls since they parted ways.
“He gave me a chance,’’ Rose said of Thibodeau. “That’s all I needed was one more chance, and he did that. If anything, we communicate more than we did in the past, and he’s honest. When I came, he said he’d try to find minutes for me. It wasn’t like he said he was going to give me minutes.’’
Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 28 points and shot 9-for-17 from the field. Jabari Parker had 27 points.
Zach LaVine, who led the Bulls with 28 points, tries to get past Jeff Teague.