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Associated Press, Published March 24 2013

Robinson sparks Bulls to win over Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS – Nate Robinson had 22 points and 10 assists and Carlos Boozer added 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 104-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.

Luol Deng scored 17 points and Taj Gibson had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who were missing Joakim Noah for the second straight game because of plantar fasciitis. They still dominated the boards, 52-32, including 20 offensive rebounds.

Derrick Williams scored 28 points and Ricky Rubio had 15 points and eight assists for the Timberwolves.

Minnesota got as close as five points in the fourth quarter, but the Bulls overpowered the Wolves down the stretch to win back-to-back road games for the first time since Jan. 16-18.

Chicago 23 33 22 26 – 104

Minnesota 16 27 25 29 – 97

CHICAGO (104): Deng 7-17 1-2 17, Boozer 9-15 1-2 19, Mohammed 2-6 0-0 4, Hinrich 3-12 0-0 8, Butler 5-11 8-9 20, Robinson 9-16 0-2 22, Gibson 5-7 2-2 12, Cook 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 41-89 12-17 104.

MINNESOTA (97): Kirilenko 2-6 0-0 4, Williams 11-18 3-4 28, Pekovic 6-9 3-3 15, Rubio 4-8 7-10 15, Ridnour 2-6 0-0 4, Budinger 3-4 0-0 7, Shved 1-5 0-2 3, Barea 4-9 0-0 9, Cunningham 5-10 0-0 10, Stiemsma 1-2 0-0 2, Gelabale 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-78 13-19 97.

3-Point Goals: Chicago 10-26 (Robinson 4-8, Butler 2-2, Deng 2-6, Hinrich 2-7, Cook 0-3), Minnesota 6-12 (Williams 3-5, Shved 1-2, Barea 1-2, Budinger 1-2, Ridnour 0-1). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Chicago 60 (Boozer 12), Minnesota 38 (Pekovic 8). Assists: Chicago 25 (Robinson 10), Minnesota 27 (Rubio 8). Total Fouls: Chicago 16, Minnesota 19. Technicals: Barea. A: 17,330 (19,356).