Timberwolves take on Bulls in Windy City
(Sports Network) – The end of February couldn’t come any sooner for the
Minnesota Timberwolves and the Chicago Bulls, as both teams square off tonight
at the United Center.
The Timberwolves have won just three of 12 games so far this month, but will
try to close out February with back-to-back wins.
On Sunday, Ricky Davis led the Timberwolves with a season-high 35 points in a
105-99 win over Memphis at the Target Center. Davis got hot in the fourth
quarter, netting 15 of the team’s 24 points in the final frame.
Minnesota, though, is 5-10 since acquiring Davis from Boston in January.
Kevin Garnett had 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists before being
ejected in the third quarter for throwing the ball in the crowd. He
accidentally hit a fan in the face after being called for an offensive foul.
Garnett was then fined $5,000 by the NBA for his actions.
Minnesota, which ended a two-game losing streak and won for just the third
time in its last 12 contests, sports an 8-18 road mark this season. The
Timberwolves are 1-5 in their last six games away from the Target Center.
The Timberwolves, currently third in the Northwest Division, are still
fighting for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Meanwhile, the Bulls have dropped two in a row and have won only four times in
11 games during the month of February.
The Bulls, who are basement dwellers in the Central Division, suffered a
108-102 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. Chris Duhon recorded 17
points for the Bulls, who have lost eight of their past 12 games. Luol Deng
and Ben Gordon each tallied 15 points in the loss.
Chicago handed Philadelphia its worst loss of the season just before the All-
Star break, but couldn’t duplicate its effort from February 16. The Bulls are
also in the hunt for the postseason and trail Milwaukee for the eighth and
final spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Bulls are 4-2 in their last six games at home and own a 12-15 record as
the host this season.
In the season series between Minnesota and Chicago, the Timberwolves halted a
two-game losing streak on January 11 with a 99-93 win at the Target Center.
Minnesota has won 11 of the past 13 meetings, but has dropped 10 of its last
15 trips to the Windy City.