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Butler has 33 amid boos, Wolves top Cavs

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jimmy Butler brushed off some early jeers from the jaded home crowd, scoring 33 points in 36 minutes to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Cleveland Cavaliers 131-123 on Friday night.

Andrew Wiggins pitched in with 22 points and Anthony Tolliver hit three 3-pointers off the bench to bolster a vintage all-around effort by the four-time All-Star Butler, who requested a trade last month.

Butler made 10 of 12 field goals and 12 of 12 free throws, with seven rebounds, four steals and three assists to help the Timberwolves (1-1) hold off a late charge by Kevin Love and the LeBron James-less Cavaliers.


Points Per Game
Rank Name PPG
1 K. Walker, Cha41.0
2 D. Booker, Pho35.0
3t S. Curry, GS32.0
3t A. Davis, NO32.0
5 T. Hardaway Jr., NY31.0
6t Z. LaVine, Chi30.0
6t N. Mirotic, NO30.0
8t D. DeRozan, SA28.0
8t D. Lillard, Por28.0
10t K. Durant, GS27.0
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Field Goal Percentage
Rank Name FG%
1t N. Vonleh, NY1.000
1t E. Davis, Bkn1.000
3 D. Favors, Uta.875
4 D. Jones, GS.857
5t K. Lowry, Tor.833
5t S. Gilgeous-Alexander, LAC.833
5t J. McGee, LAL.833
8t B. Bogdanovic, Ind.778
8t R. Gobert, Uta.778
10t J. Ingles, Uta.750
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