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The players were ejected after Arron Afflalo threw a haymaker punch that appeared to graze Bjelica's head. Bjelica then wrapped Affalo in a headlock
"They played better than us," Butler said. "They played harder than we did. They did everything right. We didn't play the way we were supposed to and they whipped our butts. I'm happy."
A recap of the Wolves' 108-102 loss at Orlando Tuesday.
Once mired in a scoring slump that left him often invisible less, Andrew Wiggins has since provided many of the things that his coach wants -- and his shooting touch is back.
The Timberwolves won both the game and their season series against Western Conference rival Oklahoma City, accomplishments that could pay dividends for the postseason.
Jeff Teague missed seven games after Denver's Will Barton fell on his leg in an overtime victory two weeks ago. He played 26 minutes against Oklahoma City, finishing with eight points and three assists.
After practicing Tuesday, The Wolves upgraded guard Jeff Teague from out to questionable for Wednesday's game in their injury report. Teague has missed seven games with a sprained MCL.
LeBron James' introduction to retooled Wolves came on a night when the Wolves raced to an early lead and led the Cavaliers by as many as 41 points.,
All that likely would have changed had the Cavaliers' trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston for Isaiah Thomas happened in early July rather than late August.
The son of a Dominican nurse and a New Jersey basketball coach, 22-year-old Towns intends to push barriers, whether it's redefining what all a basketball big man can be or by speaking out on racism and other issues.
It's January, 50 wins remain viable and Friday's loss at Boston was the Wolves' first consecutively in nearly seven weeks.
Battling a winter storm and a team with comeback aspirations in Boston, the Wolves lost back-to-back games for the first time since before Thanksgiving.
"That stung pretty bad," Wolves guard Tyus Jones said Thursday, a day after Minnesota lost at Brooklyn and Jones received stitches in his mouth.
The Wolves didn't bring the fire that marked their last two victories and were outscored 42-3 on three-pointers in losing for the second time in nine games.
Wolves forward Taj Gibson wore his No. 67 jersey into Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Wednesday night for the first time since he decided last summer to become the first player ever to wear that number.
Karl-Anthony Towns' league-leading 29th double-double this season — 18 points, 14 rebounds Sunday night — is old news. His activity defending the rim is something of a revelation
Jeff Teague's second game missed with an MCL sprain will be a New Year's Eve game Sunday in his hometown against a Pacers team for which he played last season.
He's a starter for the second time this season. In an instant, Tyus Jones went from playing between 10 and 16 minutes a night as a backup to as many as 41½ minutes at New Orleans.
Timberwolves veteran guard Jeff Teague was injured late in regulation during Wednesday's overtime victory vs. Denver.
The Wolves on Thursday led by 20 with under eight minutes to play in the third quarter but allowed the Bucks to mount a comeback, ending a five-game winning streak.
Wolves newcomers Butler, Gibson wield a work ethic that's catching on with the rest of the team.
He played 5:45 without scoring a point in his first game since Nov. 22.
They blew away the shorthanded Lakers with 38 points in the final period, securing their fourth victory in a row.
Does Turner Sports have enough microphones to accommodate Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith and ringmaster Ernie Johnson?
The star guard scored 20 of his 32 points in the second half in the Wolves' victory over the Suns, causing coach Tom Thibodeau to say: "Jimmy Butler was not going to let us lose that game."
Just when their season's momentum teetered, the Timberwolves won consecutive games and maybe delivered a message as well.
Jimmy Butler was unstoppable down the stretch, scoring eight points in the final 90 seconds.
Deferring no more, Butler is playing in December just like the guy Tom Thibodeau once coached in Chicago.
Tom Thibodeau adjusted his rotation Thursday for the first time since he went essentially with a three-man bench these past two weeks.
Karl-Anthony Towns turned in a 30-point, 14-rebound, five-assist, five-block game on a night when the Wolves led by as many as 27 points.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins all played 40 minutes or more in Tuesday's overtime loss; Taj Gibson almost did before fouling out.
Karl-Anthony Towns was upset about being unable to stop Philadelphia star Joel Embiid late in the game, which helped waste a 38-point night by Jimmy Butler.
The league's laughingstock not so long ago while they accumulated both draft picks and losses galore, the Sixers are must-see TV and play the Wolves in an ESPN game tonight.
Each team has been remade around a pair of young stars and a handful of added veterans.
After returning to team as a free agent, veteran Wolves reserve forward Shabazz Muhammad has fallen out of favor with coach Tom Thibodeau. "It's definitely frustrating," Muhammad said, adding he'll stay professional.
Against the Clippers on Wednesday, Karl-Anthony Towns used his mobility to create and make baskets - because the right opportunity was there.
The Wolves led by as many as 19 points after halftime before using a pair of blocked shots in the closing minutes from Karl-Anthony Towns to help seal a close victory.
Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen on Wednesday joined Wolves play-by-play announcer Dave Benz and analyst Jim Petersen for the first of eight games.
Jimmy Butler on Sunday scored 20 of his 33 points in the final quarter, ensuring a 112-106 victory at Target Center.
The Timberwolves assigned healing rookie center Justin Patton to their Iowa team in the G League on Sunday, a move Wolves coach Tom…
Steven Adams was perfect, but the Wolves weren't so much in their first loss in three games vs. the Thunder.
The Wolves fell to 10-4 against Western Conference opponents.
Tyus Jones started his third consecutive game for Jeff Teague — the first three starts of his NBA career — Wednesday against the Pelicans, and thrived.
On Wednesday, three of Karl-Anthony Towns' five fouls were charging calls and another was for setting an illegal screen.
Seven Wolves players scored in double figures, led by Andrew Wiggins' 28 points, against a Pelicans team missing star Anthony Davis for more than half of the game.
According to coach Tom Thibodeau, Gibson has added a quality of which no Wolves team in the past decade or more has been accused: Toughness
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 32 points and Jimmy Butler added 25, while Tyus Jones replaced injured Jeff Teague in the starting lineup.
Timberwolves third-year point guard Tyus Jones waited 116 NBA games before he made his first career start Sunday at home in Target Center.
"We haven't guarded anybody all year long," Jimmy Butler said.
The Wolves have lost consecutive games twice this season, resoundingly to Indiana and Detroit on back-to-back nights in the season's second week and again on consecutive nights this week.
The Wolves lost to a Hornets team they beat by 18 points at home two weeks ago after they couldn't stop Charlotte's big men.
Towns won the weekly award for the third time in his young career after he averaged 20.3 and 12.3 rebounds last week.
Gorgui Dieng is back at the beginning after he missed three consecutive games, ending a streak of 175 straight, because of a sprained index finger on his shooting hand.
In four games leading to Friday's game against the Mavericks, Timberwolves star guard Jimmy Butler shot 18-for-54 from the field.
The Wolves trailed the two-win Mavericks by as many as 14 points before a strong second half.
Statistically, Karl-Anthony Towns has compiled points, rebounds and more at a pace that rivals LeBron, Shaq, Kobe and some of the other greats of the NBA.
Rubio is averaging 14.5 points on 38 percent shooting (28 percent from three-point range), 5.8 assists and 4.1 rebounds.
Former Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio was held to three points and two assists, and the Wolves took advantage of the Jazz playing without star center Rudy Gobert.
Did the Wolves allow a deciding 14-0 run in a loss to Phoenix because they didn't score a point for four minutes or because they couldn't defend the Suns?
The Suns scored 14 points in a row late in the game, running past the Wolves.
Phoenix interim head coach Jay Triano well knows the basketball history of his country.
After distributing the ball to teammates in the Wolves' 7-4 start, Jimmy Butler said he'll start to take more shots.
Coach Tom Thibodeau kept his starters on the court even after the game's outcome was no longer in doubt. He had a couple of reasons for that strategy on a night when his team fell apart in the second half.
After trailing by only one at halftime, the Wolves were demolished when the defending NBA champions, playing without superstar Kevin Durant, scored 44 points in the third quarter.
"As we're winning I don't give a damn what my stats are. I think winning makes everybody happy," Jimmy Butler said after 10 games with his new team.
This weekend is the only time this season the Wolves play home games on consecutive nights.
Financial might and fan interest continue to rise, Jerry Zgoda writes in his Sunday NBA Insider.
Gorgui Dieng admits he has struggled to find the same kind of efficiency and production that he had as a starter for the Wolves last season.
A Timberwolves team that seemingly couldn't win a close game last season now can't lose one. For the fifth time already this season, the Wolves persevered in the final minute.
Tom Thibodeau and Jamal Crawford have combined to be part of 11 Game 7s in their NBA careers.
Jeff Teague's performance in Monday's 125-122 overtime victory at Miami apparently included thievery beyond the six steals.
The coach believed he'd improved the team's bench in the offseason, but he's still waiting to see more results.
Miami rallied to tie the game at the end of regulation time and then fell just short during a last-minute comeback try in overtime.
Jimmy Butler discussed in gory detail the upper respiratory illness that kept him out of two games.
At least two Timberwolves players, Karl-Anthony Towns and Shabazz Muhammad, admit they are not playing well as the team has slogged through back-to-back stinkers.
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