• New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, right, drives around Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Pelicans snap 4-game skid with easy win over Wolves

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mired in a four-game losing streak and sinking further out of contention in the Western Conference, the New Orleans Pelicans were in desperate need of a confidence builder.

  • Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, left, lays up a shot as he collides with Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 112-105. Wiggins scored 21 points. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Timberwolves close out Bulls with 12-0 run to win 112-105

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It didn’t take long for Andrew Wiggins to show the Chicago Bulls just how badly they’re going to miss Jimmy Butler.

  • Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler waves to fans as they applaud him while Butler is taken off the court after being injured late in the first half of his team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Bulls’ Butler has strained left knee, no ligament damage

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When All-Star guard Jimmy Butler elevated during the second quarter of a game against Denver on Friday night, he heard a pop in his left knee — the last noise any basketball player wants to hear. The Chicago Bulls braced for the worst when Butler went in for an MRI exam.

  • Reigning dunk champ LaVine: ‘I’ve got tricks up my sleeve’

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Zach LaVine came to All-Star weekend in New York last year as an under-the-radar rookie toiling away for one of the league’s worst teams. He left as the Savior of Slam after a scintillating performance breathed new life into the dunk contest.