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Hughes injured as Bulls beat Timberwolves

Oct 23, 2008 - 3:05 AM MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Larry Hughes looked like his old self before the injury bug bit him again.

Hughes scored 21 points before leaving the game late in the third quarter with a dislocated right shoulder as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 85-75, on Wednesday.

The 11-year veteran was battling Mike Miller for a loose ball in front of the Timberwolves' bench when the Minnesota forward landed on Hughes' right arm. He was helped from the court with 3:15 left in the third and did not return.

Hughes has dealt with a plethora of injuries since a career season in 2004-05 that saw him average 22 points, 6.3 rebounds and nearly three steals a game with the Washington Wizards.

Chicago's rookie point guard Derrick Rose collected 17 points, six assists and five rebounds, but also committed five turnovers.

Al Jefferson collected 19 points and 11 rebounds, but the Timberwolves were outscored 29-9 in the first quarter and trailed by as many as 22 in the first half before cutting the deficit to one in the final frame.

Rashad McCants scored 19 points for Minnesota, which concludes its preseason schedule Thursday when it hosts the Milwaukee Bucks.

Chicago finishes off its slate with a home contest against Milwaukee on Friday.