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               === Bulls stay hot with win over Timberwolves ===
 
 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.
 
 "It  feels good  to play well but  the important thing is winning," Noah said.
 "We  have four  games left,  just trying  to stay  focused, keep  our mind  on
 progress."
 
 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.
 
 04/10 00:16:37 ET