|Golden State's Al Harrington takes out his aggression on referee Tony Brown. (bill harber/Associated Press)|
The shots kept clanging off the rim, one after another. Dunks, layups, 3-pointers. It didn't matter. Nothing was going in.
In a game where hardly anybody could put the ball in the basket, Al Jefferson and Ryan Gomes gave the Minnesota Timberwolves more than enough.
Jefferson had 26 points and 20 rebounds, and Gomes added 25 points and 10 boards to help the Timberwolves to an 83-67 victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls last night.
The 150 combined points tied for the second fewest in a game this season.
"The whole game was ugly," Jefferson said.
After a horrendous start on offense for both teams - they started 0 for 18, and the score was 3-2 at the 5:25 mark of the first quarter - the Wolves closed the third period with an 11-0 run and added a 15-6 spurt in the fourth to avenge a loss to the Bulls Tuesday night.
Jefferson made 10 of 20 shots and Gomes was 12 for 24, but their teammates were a combined 12 for 49 from the field.
"It wasn't pretty," Wolves coach Randy Wittman said. "We'll take an ugly win over a [pretty] defeat any day."
Kirk Hinrich had 14 points and nine assists for Chicago, but was just 5 for 17 from the field, and the Bulls committed 22 turnovers and shot 33.3 percent. Their 67 points were a season low.
"I'm really disappointed in the way we performed in the second half and the way we just, some guys out there just seemed to shut it off," Bulls interim coach Jim Boylan said. "That was disappointing to see. Just shut it off.
"Stopped playing with energy. They stopped playing with focus. They went into their own little worlds and were acting kind of childish at times instead of doing what we know we need to do against a team like this. We let the game get away from us."
The banged-up Bulls are still missing guard Ben Gordon, who was out for the fifth straight game because of a sprained right wrist; Luol Deng has an injured left Achilles' tendon; and Joe Smith didn't make the trip because of the flu.
It was a rare home-and-away, back-to-back series. The teams played in Chicago Tuesday, when the Bulls held the Timberwolves to a season-low 15 points in the first quarter and cruised to a 96-85 victory.
Magic 107, Heat 91 - Hedo Turkoglu had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Rashard Lewis scored 19 points, and host Orlando needed 12 consecutive points in the final quarter before pulling away from undermanned Miami.
Miami - which was coming off Tuesday's 117-87 beating at home against the Celtics - played without Dwyane Wade (flu), Shaquille O'Neal (hip), and Udonis Haslem (ankle), and trailed most of the way in what became its 17th loss in the last 18 games.
Cavaliers 84, Trail Blazers 83 - LeBron James's reverse layup with less than a second left gave Cleveland the victory in Portland.
Portland led by as many as 14 points in the second half, but the Cavaliers closed in as time ran down. James, who had 37 points and 14 rebounds, hit three consecutive 3-pointers to tie it at 81 with 2:26 left.
Nuggets 106, Grizzlies 102 - Allen Iverson had 32 points and 12 assists and made six free throws in the final 23.2 seconds, helping the Nuggets snap a six-game road losing streak.
Rudy Gay led Memphis with 30 points and 10 rebounds.
Warriors 116, Hornets 103 - Stephen Jackson scored 26 points and visiting Golden State beat New Orleans to snap the Hornets' nine-game winning streak. Chris Paul had 28 points and 12 assists for New Orleans, which lost for only the third time in 20 games.
76ers 112, Bucks 69 - Andre Iguodala scored 18 points to lead host Philadelphia over Milwaukee, the 76ers' most lopsided win in 12 seasons at the
Jazz 100, Knicks 89 - Deron Williams had 22 points and 12 assists as host Utah extended its winning streak to a season-high six games.
Clippers 95, Hawks 88 - Rookie Al Thornton scored a season-high 33 points as host Los Angeles survived Atlanta's late 19-2 surge.
Raptors 122, Wizards 83 - Andrea Bargnani scored 19 points and host Toronto used a flurry of 3-pointers to beat Washington.
Kings 105, Bobcats 91 - Brad Miller had 22 points and a career-high 21 rebounds to lead host Sacramento.