LAS VEGAS -- James Johnson and DeMarcus Nelson each scored 18 points as their Chicago Bulls cruised to a 93-85 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS at the COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Nelson and Johnson scored nine and six points apiece in the fourth quarter as the Bulls pulled away in the fourth quarter extending their lead to as many as 13 points before settling for the eight-point victory. Minnesota's Corey Brewer led all scorers with 20 points.
"Today went well for me out there. The biggest thing was that we wanted to come out and get the win, and we did that," said Nelson of the game. "I came out and played well, I just made it my priority to get the ball to our guys, and I saw opportunities for myself out there, too."
Minnesota jumped out to an early 7-2 lead before Chicago battled back to tie the game at 11 with four minutes to play in the first quarter. The teams traded buckets from there, with each team owning a five-point lead during the period before Chicago finished the quarter up three, 20-17. Anthony Roberson led the way for Chicago with eight points, while Garrett Siler answered back with eight of his own for Minnesota.
The Bulls went to work in the second quarter, closing the quarter out on a 10-3 run expanding their lead to nine points, 43-34, at the half. Taurean Green scored five points and dished out five assists in the second quarter for Chicago. Rob Kurz finished with five second-quarter points, while Brewer scored four in the second to give him a game-high 10 at the half.
Minnesota went on a 11-0 run to start the third quarter taking the lead from Chicago, 45-43, with 7:10 left. Chicago bounced back taking the lead back at 49-47 before, finishing the quarter on a 9-2 run and owning a 64-56 to head into the game's final period. James Johnson was key for Chicago in the third quarter, scoring 10 of his 12 points, while Roberson added four in the period.
Jonny Flynn, who was awarded T-Mobile Rookie of the Month honors prior to tip-off, electrified the crowd in the closing seconds with a windmill jam to end the game.