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Love, Timberwolves down Bulls

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Kevin Love poured in a game-high 31 points 
to  go with  eight rebounds to lead  the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 95-86 win 
over the Chicago Bulls at United Center. 

Love  went a perfect  14-for-14 from the free throw line, setting a new career 
high for free throws made without a miss. 

Ronny  Turiaf and Chase Budinger added 14 and 12 points, respectively, off the 
bench for the Timberwolves, winners in four of their last five games. 

"What we can take from this is knowing we can win on the road," Love said. 

The Wolves are 10-14 on the road this season. 

Minnesota  center Nikola  Pekovic played  just six  minutes after  inuring his 
Achilles in the first quarter. 

Carlos  Boozer  had 20 points, 14  rebounds and five assists and D.J. Augustin 
added  19  points and six helpers  for the Bulls,  losers in two of their last 
three. 

"It was a tough game. They came out, pushed the ball and scored on us. They 
we're getting easy baskets and it kind of killed us," Augustin said. 

Chicago  center Joakim Noah  did not play because of an illness. He is day-to- 
day. 

Corey  Brewer gave the  Wolves their largest lead of the game, 77-65, with his 
3-pointer  at the  9:29 mark  of the  fourth quarter.  Minnesota's lead  never 
dipped  below eight until a deep Augustin triple with 1:29 remaining cut it to 
84-79. 

Love,  though,  blew by Boozer for  a layup and  Brewer slammed one home off a 
Rubio outlet pass for a nine-point lead. 

Mike  Dunleavy pulled the Bulls within two possessions with a 3-pointer at the 
other  end,  but the  Wolves were  7-for-8 from  the free  throw line down the 
stretch, including four straight from Love. 

Minnesota  led 23-20 after 12 minutes and carried a 54-46 lead into the break. 
The Bulls pulled within five several times in the third period, but the Wolves 
led 72-65 entering the final frame. 

                                   Game Notes 

Brewer had 11 points ... The Wolves were 22-for-26 from the line ... Minnesota 
outscored  the Bulls  46-36 in  the paint  ... Chicago's  Jimmy Butler  had 16 
points,  while teammate  Taj Gibson scored 10 points and pulled down 10 boards 
... The Bulls were 32-for-85 from the field. 

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