Game 7: Chicago Bulls (4-3) fall to Minnesota Timberwolves (3-2), 102-93 (OT)
November 7, 2015
After a first half in which both teams had decisive leads at some point, the second of the Bulls-Timberwolves game was one in which the score frequently went back-and-forth.
The Bulls held a six-point lead at one point in the fourth quarter, but even that lead wasn’t very decisive. Once the Bulls got that lead, they went into a bit of a scoring drought, and the Timberwolves slowly caught up to them.
The game was tied at 91 at the 1:31 mark of the fourth quarter, when Nemanja Bjelica hit a free throw. Neither team could make a run from there, so the game headed to overtime with a 93-93 tie.
But the Bulls got nothing out of overtime, as they went scoreless in the extra five minutes — an event that had never happened to the Bulls.
First time in Bulls franchise history they failed to score a point in overtime.
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) November 8, 2015
The Bulls attempted all threes after failing to score on their first two possessions — both of which were close shots stopped by the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns.
Player of the Game
Andrew Wiggins was the leading scorer of the entire game with 31 points. He shot 11-for-27 from the field, went 4-for-5 on threes and made half of his 10 free throw attempts in 41 minutes of play. Wiggins also added three rebounds, two assists and a block to his stat line.
The Timberwolves had the advantage in points in the paint, beating out the Bulls 50-36. The Timberwolves put themselves in a better position to win simply because of this — though this isn’t necessarily the sole reason the Timberwolves came out on top.
To put it simply, the Timberwolves were smarter with their offense, taking easier shots and connecting on those easier shots.
Of the 96 shots the Timberwolves attempted, only 16 of them were three-pointers — a smart decision considering they came into Saturday’s game shooting 25 percent of the three attempts. Meanwhile, the Bulls attempted 93 field goals with 32 of them being three-point shot attempts. The 32 three attempts could be acceptable if they were going in at a good rate, but they weren’t.
The Bulls were the third best three-point shooting team before Saturday’s game, but, against the Timberwolves, they only shot 34.4 percent of their threes. The Bulls did make 11 threes — four more than the Timberwolves — but, ultimately, that didn’t help them in the end considering the loss. Of the 32 three attempts, seven came during the Bulls’ scoreless overtime run.
Matchup of the Game Result
The Bulls backcourt versus Kevin Martin
Kevin Martin, the Timberwolves’ leading scorer coming into Saturday, missed the game due to personal reasons.
Jimmy Butler shot 4-for-15 overall for 11 points while Tony Snell posted 14 points off 5-of-10 shooting.
The Bulls will play Monday when they head east to face the Philadelphia 76ers at 6 p.m. central.
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