Tom Thibodeau returned to the place he coached six years with on Tuesday night.
During his tenure with the Chicago Bulls he went 255-139 in the regular season and 23-28 in the playoffs, which included a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in his first season. He was also the Coach of the Year in his first season as their head coach.
Thibodeau got a nice ovation from the crowd. After that though, things did not start out well for his current team. The Wolves trailed 38-22 at the end of the first quarter and by 21 in the second quarter. They bounced back though and trailed 56-52 at halftime.
The Wolves outscored the Bulls 47-38 in the second half to pull off a 99-94 victory.
Zach Lavine led the Wolves with 24 points, Andrew Wiggins was right behind him with 23. Ricky Rubio had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Karl-Anthony Towns struggled going 6-21 from the field with 16 points, but also had 12 rebounds .
Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 27 points. Robin Lopez had 14 points and Dwyane Wade had 12. Rajon Rondo was out with an ankle injury.
This was definitely a much needed win for this team. The Wolves were 6-18 coming into the game and on a four-game losing streak. Sometimes wins like these can really help a team’s confidence going forward. Maybe that will be the case with this young team.
Up next: The Timberwolves come home and face the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
Ali Siddiqui, @
The Timber Rebuilder