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                === Wolves attempt to cool off red-hot Bulls ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Chicago Bulls hope to keep rolling into the Eastern
 Conference's third spot when they shoot for a sixth straight victory Wednesday
 against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center.
 
 The  Bulls and  Toronto Raptors are even  for the third seed in the conference
 with five games to play and sit two games ahead of Brooklyn.
 
 Chicago  kept the  pressure on with Saturday's 96-78 win against playoff-bound
 Washington  and  received 25 points  off the  bench from D.J. Augustin. Joakim
 Noah added 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Carlos Boozer tallied 16 points.
 
 "We're not looking forward to the playoffs just yet, but we wanted to come out
 tonight  and  do it  for ourselves," said  Augustin, who had  17 points in the
 first half and is averaging 19.8 points in his last five games.
 
 Augustin was 6-of-11 from beyond the arc and 8-of-19 from the field overall.
 
 The  Bulls, who  are 7-1 in the  last eight games and 33-14 since the calendar
 turned,  are unbeaten in three straight and seven of the last nine road games.
 They are 20-18 outside the United Center this season.
 
 Minnesota  will  resume a  three-game homestand Wednesday  and opened the stay
 with Tuesday's 110-91 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
 
 Although  they're  out of the  playoffs, the Timberwolves played tough against
 one  of the  best teams in the league  and were led by Ricky Rubio's 23 points
 and  seven  assists. Rubio didn't have  to worry about facing Spurs guard Tony
 Parker, who missed the game because of a back injury.
 
 "(Ricky)  was under control and was able to get his feet under him and shot it
 well," said Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman. "He did a nice job of running the
 team and adjusting to how they were defending him."
 
 Kevin Love finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds, Corey Brewer had 14 points
 and  Gorgui  Dieng posted 12 points  with 15 rebounds for Minnesota, which has
 won three of its last four games and is 23-15 at Target Center.
 
 The  T'Wolves will close the homestand Friday versus Houston and would qualify
 for the playoffs had they resided in the weaker Eastern Conference.
 
 On  the injury  front for  the Wolves,  guards Kevin  Martin (foot)  and Chase
 Budinger  (ankle) missed Tuesday's game and are questionable versus the Bulls.
 Center Nikola Pekovic is still nursing an ankle problem.
 
 Minnesota  defeated  Chicago 95-86 in the  first meeting on Jan. 27, when Love
 pumped  in  31 points and  made all  14 of his  foul shots. Boozer compiled 20
 points  and  14 rebounds in that  one for the  Bulls, who had won the previous
 seven games in this series.
 
 The Bulls have won their last four visits to the Twin Cities.
 
 04/09 10:12:46 ET