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Minneapolis,  MN (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Joakim Noah's  triple-double led  the 
Chicago Bulls  to a 102-87  victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday 
at Target Center. 

Noah  tallied 15 points,  13 rebounds and 10 assists and D.J. Augustin added a 
game-high  21 points  off the bench for  the Bulls, who have won six straight. 
Kirk Hinrich scored 16 points, Mike Dunleavy notched 15 and Jimmy Butler added 
14 points and seven assists. 

The  triple-double was  Noah's fourth of the season, tied with Indiana's Lance 
Stephenson for the most in the league. 

Kevin  Love totaled  17  points and  10  rebounds and  Ricky  Rubio scored  15 
points  with  six assists  for the  Timberwolves, who have  lost two of three. 
Ronny Turiaf contributed 11 points and five boards off the bench. 

Chicago  started the  second half trailing 53-48,  but a 9-2 burst gave them a 
two-point lead with 8:48 on the third-quarter clock. The teams traded the lead 
over  the next  three minutes before seven straight points from the Bulls gave 
them an 70-62 cushion. 

Minnesota  netted the next six points but trailed 75-70 heading into the final 
12 minutes. 

The Bulls  used a 12-6 run  to stretch their lead  to 87-76 with 7:43 left to 
play.  Just under  a minute later, Chicago scored eight straight points to put 
the  game away.  They led 95-79 with  under five minutes left on the clock and 
the teams combined for six baskets down the stretch. 

"I  thought  we did a pretty  good job the  first half. The second half, third 
quarter  they just started making shots and we couldn't get one to go down and 
we  looked  like we ran  out of  gas in the  second half," said Minnesota head 
coach Rick Adelman. 

Earlier,  after  exchanging scores through  three-plus minutes into the second 
quarter  Minnesota used  a 10-2  run  to take  a  41-32 lead  with just  under 
five  minutes left  in the half. Chicago responded with consecutive 3-pointers 
from  Augustin and  Hinrich to pull within three. However, the T'Wolves led by 
five at the break. 

In  the first quarter there was one tie and 13 lead changes, with neither team 
up  by  more than  five points. Chicago  carried a 26-25  edge into the second 
frame. 

                                   Game Notes 

Chicago  has won  eight of  nine against  Minnesota and  five straight  at the 
Target Center ... The Bulls are 31-2 when scoring at least 96 points in a game 
... Chicago moved to 18-1 on the road when leading entering the fourth quarter 
...  The T'Wolves fell to 3-20 when scoring less than 100 points in a game ... 
Minnesota is now 3-27 when trailing its opponent after three quarters. 

 
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