Minnesota's Road Woes Continue In 113-82 Loss To Chicago

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Timberwolves Get Gored By Bulls, 113-82

(Sports Network) – Derrick Rose scored 21 points, Luol Deng had 19 and the streaking Chicago Bulls led by as many as 34 on the way to a 113-82 rout of Minnesota.

Carlos Boozer added 17 points, while Taj Gibson and Kyle Korver both scored 12 to help the Bulls to their fifth straight win.

The Timberwolves fell to 1-12 on the road this season and lost for the ninth time in their last 11 games overall.

They were led by Kevin Love’s 23 points and 15 rebounds — both game-highs — and 16 points from Michael Beasley.

Minnesota’s final lead was 4-2 early in the first quarter. Rose helped the Bulls take control, scoring eight points in the frame, including a jumper that capped a 12-4 run and give them an 11-point lead at 21-10.

The Bulls carried a 27-18 advantage into the second quarter and led by as many as 26 points before halftime on the way to a 58-37 advantage at the break.

Love led all players with 15 points in the first half, but his team shot just 36 percent from the field. Boozer scored 13 in the half, Rose had 12 and the Bulls shot 46 percent.

Minnesota scored the first five points of the third quarter, trimming its deficit to 16, and got as close as 14 in the first three minutes. But an 8-0 run capped by one of Rose’s five three-pointers gave Chicago a 22-point lead at 68-46.

The Bulls carried that 22-point lead into the fourth, beginning the final quarter ahead 87-65. The advantage never dipped below 20 in the last 12 minutes and it reached as high as 34 on a Kurt Thomas jumper in the last two minutes.

Chicago has also beaten the Rockets, Thunder, Cavaliers and Lakers on its current five-game win streak. It will wrap up a three-game homestand against Indiana on Monday.

Game Notes

Chicago shot 47.7 percent for the game and was 10-for-17 from three-point range behind Rose’s 5-for-6 performance…Minnesota shot 39.8 percent…Bulls center Joakim Noah had a season-high six blocks…The Timberwolves began a six-game road trip that will also include contests against the Warriors, Suns, Blazers, Nuggets and Clippers.

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Timberwolves Roll Into Chicago To Take On Bulls

(Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls aim for their fifth straight win when they resume a three-game homestand tonight versus the road-weary Minnesota Timberwolves at the United Center.

Chicago recorded its fourth straight win with Friday’s 88-84 victory over the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, as Derrick Rose poured in 29 points and Carlos Boozer tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who are 8-2 at home this season.

Luol Deng netted 14 points and Kyle Korver 13 in the win.

“It feels good, we’re moving in the right direction,” Rose said. “We’re playing defense toward the end. We let them outrebound us in the last quarter, tip outs and a lot of second-chance shots, but tonight it worked out fine.”

The Bulls will also host Indiana on the residency.

Minnesota is only 1-11 as the guest this season and will begin a six-game road trip tonight against the Bulls, Warriors, Suns, Blazers, Nuggets and Clippers.

In a 109-99 victory over Detroit last night, Kevin Love had 27 points and 18 rebounds to lead the way. Love has recorded 15 boards or more in nine straight games, the longest such streak since Ben Wallace ran off 14 in a row for Detroit in 2003.

“I feel like we did a great job defensively tonight,” Love said. “We stepped it up.”

Luke Ridnour added 20 points and 10 assists, Michael Beasley had 12 points and seven rebounds and both Wesley Johnson and Darko Milicic scored 11 points in a winning effort.

The Wolves had lost eight of nine games entering Friday’s game.

Chicago swept a home-and-home series with Minnesota a year ago, but the Timberwolves have won six of the last 10 games in this series.

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Love, Ridnour Lead Wolves Past Pistons, 109-99

(Sports Network) – Kevin Love continued to dominate the boards on Friday night, pulling down 18 rebounds to go with 27 points, as the Minnesota Timberwolves held off the Detroit Pistons, 109-99.

Love has recorded 15 boards or more in nine straight games, the longest such streak since Ben Wallace ran off 14 in a row for Detroit in 2003.

Luke Ridnour added 20 points and 10 assists for Minnesota, which had lost eight of nine coming in. Michael Beasley donated 12 points and seven rebounds, while Wesley Johnson and Darko Milicic each chipped in with 11 points for the victors.

Richard Hamilton had 26 points to pace the Pistons, who have lost eight in a row on the road. Rodney Stuckey tallied 19 points and six assists.

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Wolves Host Pistons At Target Center Tonight

(Sports Network) – A pair of teams aiming to halt identical two-game losing streaks get together tonight in the Twin Cities, where the Minnesota Timberwolves will play host to the Detroit Pistons at Target Center.

The Timberwolves suffered a 111-103 loss at home to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, as Kevin Love’s 22 points and 21 rebounds weren’t enough to keep his team from losing for the eighth time in nine tries.

“They were just making sure I didn’t get any rebounds,” Love said. “They were face guarding me and blocking me out and I just tried to do my job. On the offensive end, I tried to draw contact. A lot of calls could have gone our way but they didn’t. We just have to keep working through that though. Tonight was just one of those games.”

Love has recorded 15 boards or more in eight straight games, the longest such streak since Ben Wallace ran off 14 in a row for Detroit in 2003. Michael Beasley notched 26 points and six rebounds, while Nikola Pekovic chipped in 15 points in defeat. Minnesota center Darko Milicic did not play because of a bruised right quadriceps and he’s questionable for Friday.

After Friday’s game in Minneapolis, the Wolves will embark on a six-game trek against the Bulls, Warriors, Suns, Blazers, Nuggets and Clippers. They have dropped six in a row away from Target Center.

Meanwhile, the Pistons will try to put the brakes on a seven-game road losing streak when they wrap up a three-game trek in Minnesota tonight.

Detroit has lost two straight and six of seven games overall, including a 93-74 defeat on Wednesday at the hands of the New Orleans Hornets in the second-lowest scoring output this season. Ben Gordon came off the bench to score a team-high 19 points and Rodney Stuckey netted 16 for the Pistons, who fell to a dismal 2-11 away from The Palace this season.

“We have to be more focused on defending,” said Pistons forward Jason Maxiell, who ended with 10 points and six rebounds. “They got their run. We dug ourselves a hole.”

Richard Hamilton, the sixth leading scorer in franchise history, had 13 points in a losing effort. Pistons top reserve Charlie Villanueva has been battling injuries lately and finished with only two points in just over 10 minutes of action. He is the main reason why Detroit’s bench is averaging 38.9 points per game — good enough for fourth in the NBA this season.

The Pistons will begin a four-game homestand versus the Raptors, Hawks, Clippers and Hornets following tonight’s tilt with the Wolves.

Detroit won both meetings with Minnesota a year ago and is unbeaten in the past three matchups between the teams. It will put a five-game winning streak in the Twin Cities to the test tonight.

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Wolves Collapse In Second Half Again In 111-103 Loss To Oklahoma City

(Sports Network) – Kevin Durant led a balanced attack with 30 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as Oklahoma City defeated Minnesota, 111-103, at Target Center.

Russell Westbrook added 25 points and eight assists for Oklahoma City, which bounced back from a 99-90 loss at Chicago on Monday to win for the fourth time in six games.

Thabo Sefolosha had 13 points and six rebounds, while Jeff Green and Serge Ibaka each tallied 10 points in the win.

Kevin Love had a big night with 22 points and 21 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost 10 of their last 12 games. Michael Beasley notched 26 points and six rebounds, while Nikola Pekovic chipped in with 15 points in defeat.

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Timberwolves To Host Durant, Thunder This Evening

(Sports Network) – The Oklahoma City Thunder shoot for their seventh straight win over the Northwest Division-rival Minnesota Timberwolves when the two clubs collide tonight in the Twin Cities.

Oklahoma City recorded its sixth straight win over Minnesota with a 117-107 victory on Nov. 22 in the OKC and is 14-4 in the past 18 matchups with the Timberwolves, who have dropped three in a row as the host in this series.

The Thunder, however, have lost two of three games and are coming off Monday’s 99-90 loss in Chicago. Kevin Durant scored 29 points with five rebounds, Nenad Krstic contributed 18 points and six rebounds and Russell Westbrook added 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds in defeat.

“We got looks but we couldn’t hit them when they needed to be made,” Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said.

Oklahoma City is 0-1 on a three-game road trip and will also visit New Orleans. It is 7-4 as the visitor in 2010-11.

Minnesota will begin a short homestand tonight versus the Thunder and Pistons, and owns a 4-5 mark at Target Center this season.

The Timberwolves have lost seven of eight games, including Monday’s 121-114 loss at New York. Kevin Love scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 15 boards, while Michael Beasley tallied 25 points and six rebounds. Luke Ridnour had 16 points for Minnesota, which had 17 turnovers and will visit Detroit on Friday.

“The thing that has hurt us the most has been turnovers,” said Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis. “It has plagued us as a young team.”

Minnesota center Darko Milicic is doubtful for Wednesday’s game with a bruised right quadriceps.

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