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Minnesota at Chicago

Noah, Hinrich each net 20 as Bulls blow out T-Wolves

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Joakim Noah is turning into more than a one dimensional role player.

Noah had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Kirk Hinrich had 20 points and seven assists to lead the Chicago Bulls past the Minnesota Timberwolves 110-96 on Saturday night.

Reserve John Salmons scored 14 points and rookie Taj Gibson had 13 points and nine rebounds to help the Bulls snap a three-game losing streak.

In his third season, Noah's offensive game continues to show progress. He made 9 of his 13 shot attempts.

"He plays hard every night," Hinrich said. "You expect him to rebound the ball, but he's been a huge part of this team in all aspects. He knows what it takes to win, he's very competitive and what he does for us is huge."

After a win against Indiana on Friday night, the Timberwolves lost for the sixth time in seven games. Minnesota has won consecutive games only once this season.

"As the game went on our guys were getting more and more tired and more and more frustrated," Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis said.

Ryan Gomes led Minnesota with 15 points and Jonny Flynn had 14 points and eight rebounds.

"When you have a scoring drought you have to pick it up on the defensive end. We didn't do that tonight and it hurt us," Flynn said. "We're still trying to figure a lot of things out."

The Bulls, who took a 52-46 lead into halftime, opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run. Noah had an easy dunk off Hinrich's pass to start the half, and Gibson had back-to-back baskets to give the Bulls a 62-48 lead.

Salmons scored on a driving layup with 26.1 seconds left in the third quarter to extend Chicago's lead to 79-64. Gibson's basket pushed the lead to 90-70.

"We've been through a tough little stretch as a team and it's good to play well and to play with good energy tonight. If we can play with some level of consistency, that would really help us," said Noah.

The Bulls coasted despite a quiet night from Derrick Rose, who finished with eight points on 3-for-7 shooting. Rose came in averaging 24.4 points and 6.8 assists in his last 10 games. He scored four points in the first half on only two shot attempts.

Notes

  • The Bulls beat the Timberwolves for just the second time in the last seven meetings.
  • Rambis was assessed a technical in the fourth quarter for arguing with officials.
  • Chicago won for the first time on the second game of back to back.
  • The Bulls' 110 points were a season high.
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'He knows what it takes to win,' Kirk Hinrich says of Joakim Noah, who scores 20 points.  (Getty Images)
'He knows what it takes to win,' Kirk Hinrich says of Joakim Noah, who scores 20 points. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Minnesota (8-30) 3214183296
Chicago (15-20) «28242731110
MIN:R. Gomes 15 Pts
MIN:K. Love 10 Reb
MIN:J. Flynn 8 Ast
CHI:K. Hinrich 20 Pts
CHI:T. Gibson 9 Reb
CHI:K. Hinrich 7 Ast
Players of the Game
ChicagoMinnesota

J. Noah

J. Flynn
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
20941448
Minnesota
J. Flynn, PG386-142-248014
A. Jefferson, C275-132-281312
C. Brewer, SF253-94-841112
K. Love, PF223-83-410119
D. Wilkins, SG192-30-00215
S. Pavlovic, SG244-70-03139
R. Gomes, SF246-133-442115
W. Ellington, SG231-71-21213
O. Pecherov, C102-40-03005
R. Sessions, PG102-41-20105
N. Jawai, PF102-30-01214
B. Cardinal, PF81-10-00023
M. Blount, CDid Not Play
A. Tucker, SFDid Not Play
R. Hollins, CDid Not Play
Totals 37-8616-2438211496
 43.0%66.7% 
Chicago
K. Hinrich, PG368-150-047120
L. Deng, SF324-110-03028
D. Rose, PG313-72-44728
J. Noah, C289-132-294320
T. Gibson, PF234-85-690213
J. Salmons, SF296-101-134114
T. Thomas, PF223-73-45059
B. Miller, C184-73-350112
J. Johnson, PF162-21-24336
J. Pargo, PG30-10-00000
A. Gray, C20-20-00100
L. Hunter, SGDid Not Play
J. James, CDid Not Play
Totals 43-8317-22462620110
 51.8%77.3% 
Other Games
Atl 81 Final
Orl 113
Mem 87 Final
Char 89
Phi 104 Final
Det 94
Ind 102 Final
OKC 108
Utah 111 Final
Dal 93
NY 96 Final
Hou 105
Den 100 Final
Sac 102