Jimmy Butler helped off court with apparent knee injury

Dean Simpson
February 24, 2018

Clint Capela was a stabilizing force in the paint as the Houston Rockets extended their winning streak to 11 games with a 120-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday at Toyota Center.

His teammates helped him off of the floor and he did not return to the game. After grabbing a rebound late, he pivoted and planted hard on his right foot before collapsing and grabbing his right knee. He was unable to put any weight on the leg as he was helped to the locker room, where he was evaluated. The Minnesota Timberwolves have not announced further news about the star forward's injury yet.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have won four of their last seven games and they will be looking to build on their 119-111 home win over the Lakers on Feb 15. Butler scored 10 points and had five rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes for the Timberwolves.

The Rockets trailed for much of the first half before going ahead to maintain the NBA's best record. Towns added 13 rebounds.

But the Timberwolves clawed back with consecutive baskets before the Rockets followed with an 11-0 run that included a significant loss for Minnesota at the 3:09 mark.

Jimmy Butler works against Chris Paul on Friday night.

The Rockets were without guard Eric Gordon, who was a game-time scratch with an illness.

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