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>>Timberwolves Down Bulls

 

Derrick Rose had 24 points and eight assists in just his second career game in the United Center against his former team, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 119-94 victory.

 

Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and 20 rebounds as the Timberwolves won their second straight on the road.

 

Zach LaVine had 28 points in 26 minutes off the bench and Lauri Markkanen added 16 for Chicago, which had won two straight and three of five before Wednesday. LaVine had missed the previous five games with a sprained left ankle.

 

The Timberwolves' advantage was 60-37 at halftime.

 

Rose had 19 points through three quarters as Minnesota took an 83-65 edge into the fourth.

 

The Bulls pulled within 91-74, but Rose stopped the momentum with a jumper and Dario Saric added a 3-pointer on the next possession for a 96-74 lead with just over seven minutes remaining.

The Bulls are at the Washington Wizards Friday night.

 

>>Pacers Survive Hawks

 

Thaddeus Young scored 21 points, Domantas Sabonis and Tyreke Evans each added 19, and the Pacers won their third straight game with a 129-121 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

 

The Pacers, who began the night with the third-best record in the Eastern Conference, have won 10 of 12. 

 

Kent Bazemore tied a career high with 32 points, John Collins added 21 points and 11 rebounds and Dewayne Dedmon had 18 points and a season-best 15 rebounds for the rebuilding Hawks, who had won three straight.

 

Darren Collison finished with 11 points and eight assists for Indiana, which improved to 23-12. Trae Young had 17 points and nine assists for Atlanta, which dropped to 9-24.

The Pacers host Detroit on Friday.

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