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Chicago Bulls vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Bulls
Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls are on their first winning streak in nearly two months after knocking off the host Minnesota Timberwolves by a final score of 104-97.

Winners of two straight for the first time since taking a pair of games from the Charlotte Bobcats on Jan. 28 and the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 30, the Bulls proved that the absence of hyperactive center Joakim Noah wasn't going to diminish the team's overall hustle.

An impressive group effort led to 13 first-half offensive rebounds, which helped Chicago build a 13-point advantage at the break. The Bulls didn't let up after the half, either, ultimately finishing with a whopping plus-20 advantage on the glass.

Jimmy Butler led the Bulls on both ends, pouring in 20 points and playing terrific defense in an exhausting 44-minute effort. Plus, Nate Robinson hit the afterburners off the bench, scoring a team-high 22 points and dishing out 10 assists.

Great work on the glass helped offset a 50-percent shooting night from the Wolves, while a couple of clutch plays by Butler and Luol Deng down the stretch gave the Bulls their 38th win of the year.

With the Atlanta Hawks also victorious against the Milwaukee Bucks earlier in the day, Chicago's triumph kept them within a half-game of the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

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