Alexey Shved has big fourth quarter as Wolves get past Bulls
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Alexey Shved made two three-pointers and scored 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to an 82-75 exhibition victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night at Target Center.
Nikola Pekovic had 16 points and 17 rebounds, and Brandon Roy added 13 points in his comeback attempt.
Kirk Hinrich led the Bulls with 15 points, and Joakim Noah added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Nazr Mohammed finished with 10 points for Chicago.
The Bulls led 60-58 after three quarters, but Shved, a member of the Russian Olympic team who signed with the Wolves over the summer, helped Minnesota grab control.
He made a free throw with 7:59 left to give the Wolves the lead for good at 67-66, and added five points in an 11-0 Minnesota run midway through the fourth quarter.
Chicago played without Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton, both of whom were experiencing general soreness. The Wolves did not have Kevin Love (elbow) or Andrei Kirilenko (left hamstring) available.
The Wolves also announced they have waived training camp invitees Phil Jones and Seth Tarver.
Neither player saw action in the team's three preseason games.
Jones, a 6-10 forward/center, played overseas for the past two years after playing collegiately at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Tarver, a 6-5 guard, spent the past two seasons with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League.
The Wolves roster currently stands at 18 players.© The Associated Press