Chicago Bulls beat Minnesota Timberwolves 87-80 on Saturday night
Nate Robinson came off the bench to steer the Chicago Bulls past Minnesota with an 87-80 victory on Saturday night.
Last Updated: 11/11/12 8:10am
Robinson played 31 minutes for 18 points after starting point guard Kirk Hinrich left the game with a right hip strain in the second quarter, but not before he scored 11 points in the period.
Joakim Noah added 17 points and seven rebounds, and Luol Deng chippd in with 16 points and seven rebounds, as the Bulls bounced back from their second home loss for their fourth win of the season.
Nikola Pekovic led the short-handed Timberwolves with 18 points and eight rebounds while Andrei Kirilenko added 11 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
The Bulls led by as many as 10 points in the final quarter, going up by that margin when Deng hit a jumper from the corner with 3:53 remaining.
The Timberwolves closed within five points on Dante Cunningham's lay-up with 42.6 second to play, but the Bulls held on down the stretch.