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Associated Press, Published December 11 2010

NBA: Bulls win 5th straight in victory over Wolves

CHICAGO – Derrick Rose had 21 points and seven assists, leading the Chicago Bulls over the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-82 on Saturday night for their season-best fifth straight victory.

The Bulls (14-8) are six games over .500 for the first time since finishing the 2006-07 season with a 49-33 record.

With a favorable schedule coming up, the Bulls have a chance to establish a comfortable lead in the NBA’s Central Division.

Rose, known more for his whirling dervish forays to the basket than his outside stroke, set a career high with five 3-pointers. It was the third time this season he has made four or more 3s. He made that many just once during his first two NBA seasons.

The long-range jumpers made for an efficient night for Rose, who shot 8 for 10 from the field.

Minnesota 18 19 28 17 – 82

Chicago 27 31 29 26 – 113

MINNESOTA (82): Beasley 7-17 2-3 16, Love 9-15 2-2 23, Milicic 2-7 0-0 4, Ridnour 3-8 0-0 7, W.Johnson 3-7 0-0 8, Pekovic 2-5 1-2 5, Ellington 3-9 1-2 8, Telfair 0-2 1-2 1, C.Brewer 3-8 0-0 6, Koufos 0-0 2-2 2, Hayward 1-3 0-0 2, Gaines 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 33-83 9-13 82.

CHICAGO (113): Deng 7-11 3-3 19, Boozer 5-14 7-7 17, Noah 3-8 3-6 9, Rose 8-10 0-0 21, Bogans 2-3 0-0 6, R.Brewer 4-7 0-0 8, Gibson 5-16 2-2 12, Asik 1-2 1-4 3, Watson 0-4 2-2 2, Korver 4-8 3-3 12, J.Johnson 1-2 0-0 2, Thomas 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 41-86 21-27 113.

3-Point Goals–Minnesota 7-19 (Love 3-5, W.Johnson 2-4, Ridnour 1-2, Ellington 1-3, Hayward 0-1, C.Brewer 0-2, Beasley 0-2), Chicago 10-17 (Rose 5-6, Bogans 2-3, Deng 2-5, Korver 1-2, Watson 0-1). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds–Minnesota 45 (Love 15), Chicago 60 (Gibson, Noah 10). Assists–Minnesota 12 (Ridnour 8), Chicago 28 (Rose 7). Total Fouls–Minnesota 20, Chicago 15. Technicals–Minnesota defensive three second. A–21,102 (20,917).