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LaVine scores 35, Bulls beat Butler, Timberwolves 114-113

CHICAGO (AP) The warm reception, video tribute and dominant performance made Jimmy Butler's homecoming just about perfect.

All that was missing was a win.

Zach LaVine scored a season-high 35 points against his former team, and the Bulls spoiled Butler's return to Chicago with a 114-113 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

Butler scored 38 to finish one shy of a season high. But the Bulls rallied from 17 down to snap a seven-game losing streak.

''It was cool,'' Butler said. ''Everybody knows I've got a lot of love for this organization, this city, this fan base. Me and Taj (Gibson) talk about it all the time: This is where it started for both of us. It greats to see familiar faces.''

LaVine came up big down the stretch while going at it with Butler, scoring Chicago's final 11 points. He nailed three free throws after getting fouled by Butler to put Chicago ahead with 18.4 seconds left.

''Jimmy's really a headstrong dude, an alpha,'' LaVine said. ''I'm not really gonna back down from anyone myself, either. I think that's just how the game played out.''

Karl-Anthony Towns and Butler missed 3-pointers in the closing seconds, giving Minnesota another tight loss.

Robin Lopez scored 19 for Chicago, which had six players in double figures.

Butler and Gibson got standing ovations prior to their first game against the team that drafted them. There were more loud cheers following a video tribute in the first quarter, with both players standing and waving as the fans rose to their feet. And after the game, Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson talked to them in the locker room.

Butler wasn't happy that the Bulls dealt him. He even acknowledged Friday, ''I don't think time really heals it.''

But he was glad Paxson came to see him after the game, saying, ''That's the guy Pax is.'' And he had good things to say about the Bulls.

''I'm happy that they're doing well,'' Butler said. ''They deserve it. The city of Chicago definitely deserves it.''

Butler delivered the sort of all-around performance Bulls fans grew accustomed to during his six seasons, before the draft night trade to Minnesota for LaVine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen. The four-time All-Star finished with seven rebounds and five assists.

Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points, Towns added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Gibson scored 10 for the Timberwolves. But Minnesota blew a 17-point lead in the third quarter and came up short again after losing in overtime to Cleveland on Wednesday.

''We're not good enough to think that the game is over five minutes into the third quarter,'' coach Tom Thibodeau said. ''When you do that - we messed around, we played with fire and we got burned.''

DUNN UPDATE

Dunn has had two days of contact in practice since being removed from the NBA's concussion protocol and the Bulls expect to have him at least practicing without limitations next week, coach Fred Hoiberg said. Dunn missed his ninth consecutive game and is not expected to play against Washington on Saturday. Asked if he has been ruled out for Monday's game against Orlando, Hoiberg said, ''Don't know yet.''

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Thibodeau got called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter even though he was yelling at Towns, not an official.

Bulls: The Bulls held out F Noah Vonleh after he was acquired from Portland before Thursday's trade deadline. Hoiberg said he might be available on Saturday. Drafted ninth overall by Charlotte in 2014, Vonleh has averaged 3.9 points and 4.5 rebounds. ... Chicago waived G/F Tony Allen after acquiring him from New Orleans in the deal that sent F Nikola Mirotic to the Pelicans last week.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Host Sacramento on Sunday.

Bulls: Host Washington on Saturday.

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Key Players
K. Towns
32 C
Z. LaVine
8 PG
23.9 Min. Per Game 23.9
15.6 Pts. Per Game 15.6
2.6 Ast. Per Game 2.6
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
54.5 Field Goal % 40.6
54.6 Three Point % 38.7
84.6 Free Throw % 82.4
  Defensive rebound by David Nwaba 0:00
  Jimmy Butler missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
  Offensive rebound by Tyus Jones 0:02
  Karl-Anthony Towns missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:06
+ 1 Zach LaVine made 3rd of 3 free throws 0:17
+ 1 Zach LaVine made 2nd of 3 free throws 0:17
+ 1 Zach LaVine made 1st of 3 free throws 0:17
  Full timeout called 0:21
+ 2 Jimmy Butler made driving layup 0:21
+ 3 Zach LaVine made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jerian Grant 0:41
  Out of bounds turnover on Tyus Jones 0:48
Team Stats
Points 113 114
Field Goals 41-87 (47.1%) 41-83 (49.4%)
3-Pointers 8-22 (36.4%) 9-26 (34.6%)
Free Throws 23-28 (82.1%) 23-30 (76.7%)
Total Rebounds 53 47
Offensive 11 5
Defensive 35 34
Team 7 8
Assists 19 22
Steals 8 5
Blocks 4 4
Turnovers 13 11
Fouls 22 19
Technicals 2 1
38 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
14 PTS, 8 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo Timberwolves 34-24 27401927113
home team logo Bulls 19-35 30263325114
Team Stats
away team logo Timberwolves 34-24 109.8 PPG 44 RPG 23.6 APG
home team logo Bulls 19-35 102.3 PPG 41.7 RPG 22.2 APG
Key Players
J. Butler SG PPG RPG APG FG%
Z. LaVine PG 24.0 PPG 5.0 RPG 4.9 APG 44.4 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Butler SG 38 PTS 7 REB 5 AST
Z. LaVine PG 35 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
47.1 FG% 49.4
36.4 3PT FG% 34.6
82.1 FT% 76.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Butler 40 38 7 5 4 0 1 1 11/26 3/9 13/15 1 6 58 +6
A. Wiggins 36 18 4 0 0 1 5 4 9/14 0/2 0/0 0 4 18 -20
K. Towns 32 14 10 2 0 0 0 5 3/8 0/1 8/9 3 7 28 +5
T. Gibson 26 10 5 1 1 1 0 2 5/10 0/0 0/0 2 3 19 -17
J. Teague 22 9 1 5 1 0 3 3 4/8 1/1 0/0 0 1 18 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Butler 40 38 7 5 4 0 1 1 11/26 3/9 13/15 1 6 58 +6
A. Wiggins 36 18 4 0 0 1 5 4 9/14 0/2 0/0 0 4 18 -20
K. Towns 32 14 10 2 0 0 0 5 3/8 0/1 8/9 3 7 28 +5
T. Gibson 26 10 5 1 1 1 0 2 5/10 0/0 0/0 2 3 19 -17
J. Teague 22 9 1 5 1 0 3 3 4/8 1/1 0/0 0 1 18 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Crawford 18 8 0 2 2 0 0 0 3/8 2/4 0/0 0 0 14 +12
N. Bjelica 21 7 8 1 0 0 1 3 2/4 1/3 2/2 2 6 16 +16
T. Jones 25 7 5 3 0 0 3 1 3/5 1/2 0/0 1 4 15 +4
G. Dieng 15 2 6 0 0 2 0 3 1/4 0/0 0/2 2 4 10 -6
A. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Aldrich - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Muhammad - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Georges-Hunt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 113 46 19 8 4 13 22 41/87 8/22 23/28 11 35 196 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. LaVine 33 35 5 1 2 0 1 2 12/26 1/6 10/11 1 4 43 +7
R. Lopez 27 19 3 0 0 1 4 2 8/11 0/1 3/7 0 3 19 +16
J. Grant 37 14 8 11 0 0 0 2 5/9 1/2 3/4 1 7 44 +15
J. Holiday 35 12 6 4 1 0 1 2 3/8 2/6 4/5 0 6 26 +18
L. Markkanen 35 12 5 1 0 0 1 1 5/7 2/3 0/0 1 4 18 +14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. LaVine 33 35 5 1 2 0 1 2 12/26 1/6 10/11 1 4 43 +7
R. Lopez 27 19 3 0 0 1 4 2 8/11 0/1 3/7 0 3 19 +16
J. Grant 37 14 8 11 0 0 0 2 5/9 1/2 3/4 1 7 44 +15
J. Holiday 35 12 6 4 1 0 1 2 3/8 2/6 4/5 0 6 26 +18
L. Markkanen 35 12 5 1 0 0 1 1 5/7 2/3 0/0 1 4 18 +14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Portis 22 11 4 0 1 1 1 3 4/7 1/2 2/2 1 3 16 -10
D. Valentine 17 5 4 2 0 0 2 2 2/10 0/3 1/1 1 3 11 -8
P. Zipser 9 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 0 4 -15
R. Arcidiacono 8 3 1 0 1 0 1 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 1 4 -12
D. Nwaba 12 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 10 -20
O. Asik - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Dunn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Vonleh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Felicio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 114 39 22 5 4 11 19 41/83 9/26 23/30 5 34 195 +5