Mpls. Miracle, Super Bowl, Mauer Retires & More: MN's Top 2018 Sports MomentsFrom the Minneapolis Miracle, Minnesota hosting the Super Bowl, to Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer's retirement, here are the biggest Minnesota sports stories from 2018.
Wolves Beat Blazers For 3rd Straight Win Since Butler TradeAndrew Wiggins scored 23 points, Derrick Rose had 17 and the Minnesota Timberwolves kept cruising without Jimmy Butler by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 114-96 on Friday night. Robert Covington and Karl-Anthony Towns each had 14 points for the Wolves, who are 7-1 at home and 3-0 since trading the disgruntled Butler to Philadelphia on Monday. The home crowd buzzed on a Prince-themed night with former Minnesota All-Star Kevin Garnett sitting courtside in one of the team's special purple-and-black alternate jerseys. The Wolves kept them cheering with uncharacteristically solid defense, sending Portland to its second straight loss with a season-low in points.
With Butler Gone, Wolves Give Warm Welcome To NewbiesWhen Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless walked into their hotel rooms in Minnesota, they found appropriate gifts from Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns: winter coats.
It's Official: Jimmy Butler Trade To Philadelphia Is DoneJimmy Butler is in Philadelphia, and upon his arrival he immediately began talking about winning a championship.
Timberwolves Trade Jimmy Butler To 76ersThe Minnesota Timberwolves have traded Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to CBS Sports. The 29 year old, who is a four-time NBA All-Star, played six seasons for the Chicago Bulls before being traded to the Wolves last June for Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn.
Timberwolves Lose To Clippers, Fall To 0-6 In Road GamesTobias Harris scored 22 points, Lou Williams added 20 and Los Angeles defeated Minnesota 120-109 Monday night, dropping the Timberwolves to 0-6 on the road this season.
Butler Shoots Timberwolves Past James, Lakers 124-120Jimmy Butler hit five of Minnesota's eight 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to finish with 32 points and help the Timberwolves hang on to beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 124-120 on Monday night.
Middleton Leads Balanced Effort As Bucks Beat Wolves 125-95Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 16 points for a listless Minnesota squad dealing with the distraction of star Jimmy Butler's trade request. Butler started despite being questionable with an illness and had a season-low four points on 2-of-11 shooting.
Leonard Scores 35, Timberwolves Fall To Raptors 112-105Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, Derrick Rose had 16 and Taj Gibson 13 for Minnesota, which has yet to win back-to-back games this season.
Butler, Towns Lead Timberwolves Past Pacers 101-91Jimmy Butler returned to Minnesota's lineup and scored 20 points to lead the Timberwolves to a 101-91 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.
Butler Rests, Timberwolves Fall To Mavericks 140-136With Jimmy Butler out resting, the Timberwolves lost at Dallas 140-136 Saturday night.