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The Sports Xchange, Published April 09 2014

Bulls best Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS – Chicago forward Joakim Noah delivered his fourth triple-double of the season and teammate D.J. Augustin scored 21 points off the bench to lead the Bulls to a 102-87 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night at the Target Center.

Noah’s 15-point, 13-rebound, 10-assist night was the seventh triple-double of his career and his first this season since a March 5 game against the Detroit Pistons.

The four triple-doubles this season tied Indiana’s Lance Stephenson for most in the NBA this season.

Three-time All-Star Kevin Love’s 17 points and 10 rebounds led the Timberwolves and Ricky Rubio added 15.

Until Wednesday, the Timberwolves had won two of their past three games – a double-overtime victory at Miami on Friday and a thumping of San Antonio at home on Tuesday night – even though they played with five players out with injuries and the Bulls had not played since Saturday’s victory at Washington.

The Timberwolves led 14-9 early, 41-32 midway through the second half and 53-48 at halftime, but they were outscored

22-9 to start the third quarter.

Chicago 26 22 27 27 — 102

Minnesota 25 28 17 17 — 87

CHICAGO (102)

J.Butler 5-11 1-2 14, Noah 7-13 1-2 15, Dunleavy 4-7 5-5 15, Hinrich 7-9 0-0 16, Boozer 3-13 0-0 6, Augustin 8-14 1-1 21, Gibson 6-14 1-2 13, Mohammed 1-1 0-0 2, Snell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-82 9-12 102.

MINNESOTA (87)

Love 7-20 1-1 17, Rubio 5-14 4-4 15, C.Brewer 4-9 1-2 9, Hummel 3-6 1-1 7, Dieng 3-8 3-3 9, Mbah a Moute 1-1 0-0 2, Turiaf 5-7 1-1 11, Shved 3-7 2-2 9, D.Cunningham 3-7 0-0 6, Jeffers 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 34-80 15-16 87.

3-Point Goals: Chicago 11-21 (Augustin 4-7, J.Butler 3-6, Dunleavy 2-4, Hinrich 2-4), Minnesota 4-17 (Love 2-8, Rubio 1-2, Shved 1-3, Hummel 0-1, Jeffers 0-1, C.Brewer 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Chicago 47 (Noah 13), Minnesota 44 (Love 10). Assists: Chicago 29 (Noah 10), Minnesota 16 (Rubio 6). Total Fouls: Chicago 18 (Boozer 5), Minnesota 14 (C.Brewer, Dieng 3). A—13,447.