Minnesota Timberwolves' Butler carried off court after injury

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It was a great night for the Houston Rockets, and a brutal outcome for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Butler looked to be in serious pain, grabbing his right knee after his leg gave out on a pass to Taj Gibson.

Before being carried off the court, Butler was examined by coaches and athletic trainers for almost three minutes. He was unable to put any kind of pressure on his right knee afterward. In his first season with the team, the four-time All-Star is averaging 22.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

LeBron James posted his 11th triple-double of the season by providing 18 points, 14 boards and 11 assists to the Cavaliers' 112-89 drubbing of the Grizzlies. Towns added 13 rebounds. Butler will undergo an MRI on Saturday (Sunday AEDT) when the Timberwolves return to Minnesota ahead of their home fixture against the Chicago Bulls.

The Rockets may not have their full roster for Friday's game as D'Antoni said Eric Gordon is ill and may not play. P.J. Tucker started in his place and had 11 points in 28 minutes.

Clippers 128, Suns 117: Super-sub Lou Williams had 35 points in 33 minutes, and Los Angeles scored the first 19 points of the game while handing Pheonix its eighth loss in a row.

The Timberwolves have now lost seven straight on the road. The mood in the Wolves' locker room was also said to be "somber". Midway through the third quarter, leading scorer Jimmy Butler snatched a rebound and pump faked over Rockets defenders before sinking to the floor, clutching his right knee.

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