TIM­BER­WOLVES 111, BULLS 96

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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.

JIM MONE/AP

Zach LaVine, who led the Bulls with 28 points, tries to get past Jeff Teague.

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