CHICAGO, Feb. 28 (Ticker) -- Kirk Hinrich
seems to do his best work on
the final day of February.
Hinrich collected 30 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and nine
assists as the Chicago Bulls posted a 111-100 victory over the
struggling Minnesota Timberwolves.
NBA TV highlights from |
A 6-3 guard, Hinrich registered his only career triple-double
two seasons ago on February 28 against Golden State by
collecting 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
On Tuesday, Hinrich made 10-of-18 shots and 8-of-10 free throws.
"I don't know if it is matchups or just that given night,"
Hinrich said. "I've just been able to play well a couple of
times against them."
"Kirk was outstanding tonight pretty much from beginning to
end," Bulls coach Scott Skiles
said. "Defensively he was as
good as he always is and he played with a nice tempo. He didn't
really force anything, ran the offense well, penetrated and
made a lot of good decision."
Holding a 54-49 lead at the half, the Bulls opened the third
quarter with a 13-6 surge over the first 6 1/2 minutes. They
extended the lead to 82-67 with 2:09 left in the period on
's three-point play.
Minnesota committed five of its 16 turnovers in the third
scored 11 of his 27 points in the third quarter
for the Timberwolves, who lost for the seventh time in nine
games. The superstar also had 12 rebounds and two blocks.
"I'm managing and dealing with it (losing)," said Garnett, who
shot 10-of-16. "I am not going to stop it. I'm going to
continue to play 1000 percent and make sure guys like Ricky (Davis
) and everyone else is going to play hard and if they
don't want to play hard, we'll send them home. We're here to
fight and continue to try to make this thing something and try
to turn it around before it is too late."
Garnett drilled a 3-pointer and Marcus Banks
made two free
throws with 40 seconds remaining, pulling the Timberwolves
within 105-100. But Nocioni and Hinrich each converted key free
throws to help the Bulls seal things.
Bulls forward Malik Allen
was taken off the court on a stretcher
in the second quarter after banging his head against teammate
's knee. Point guard Chris Duhon
left later in
the period following a shot to the jaw. However, Duhon sat on
the bench in the second half.
"It's always hard when you see teammates go down like that,
especially Malik staying down as long as he did," Skiles said.
"I thought the guys really rallied and came out in the third
quarter with a lot more passion."
had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Nocioni scored 20
off the bench for Chicago, which shot 48 percent (41-of-85) and
scored 50 points in the paint.
"That is unforgivable," Minnesota coach Dwane Casey
you give 50 points in the paint to a team, you are not playing
very much defense and that is the most disappointing thing of
Banks and rookie Rashad McCants
scored 18 points apiece for the
Timberwolves, who shot 47 percent (35-of-74).
"Our positive was Rashad scoring 18 points but on the other end
you have guys driving by you going to the basket," Casey said.
"I thought though his offensive attack and feel was good."