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Butler has 33 amid boos, Wolves top Cavs

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jimmy Butler's trade request last month instantly turned him from fan favorite to scorned superstar in Minnesota.

With some hustle steals and highlight-reel baskets, he quickly had the crowd at the home opener on his side.

Butler brushed off some early jeers, scoring 33 points in 36 minutes to lead the Timberwolves past the Cleveland Cavaliers 131-123 on Friday night.


Assists per game
Rank Name APG
1 R. Rondo, LAL11.0
2t J. Barea, Dal10.0
2t J. Harden, Hou10.0
4 B. Simmons, Phi9.5
5t J. Holiday, NO9.0
5t J. Wall, Was9.0
7 S. Curry, GS8.5
8t E. Payton, NO8.0
8t R. Arcidiacono, Chi8.0
10t M. Conley, Mem7.0
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Steals Per Game
Rank Name SPG
1 J. Butler, Min4.00
2t P. George, OKC3.00
2t J. Ingles, Uta3.00
2t F. Ntilikina, NY3.00
2t J. Harden, Hou3.00
2t J. Hart, LAL3.00
2t O. Porter Jr., Was3.00
2t D. Smith Jr., Dal3.00
9t A. Davis, NO2.50
9t J. Grant, Orl2.50
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