CHICAGO — Breathe easy was the motto of the night, cake-walk is a term that is coming to mind right now in describing the game pounding of the T-Pups in Chicago Saturday. The Bulls welcomed the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves into town and everything pretty much went according to script; the Bulls stampeded the Wolves 113-82 to win their fifth straight game. The win puts the Bulls at 14-8 and 9-2 at home making Chicago six games above .500 for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The Bulls are 3 games in front of Indiana (whom they play next) and have a soft schedule upcoming meaning the Bulls have plenty of opportunity to pad their lead at the top of the Central Division.
Derrick Rose lead the charge again, scoring 21 points with 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Rose shot 8 for 10 from the field, while setting a career high in 3 pointers with five. It was the third time this year D-Rose has had 4 or more in a game this season. The right hand man in Chicago, Carlos Boozer, had a great game as both Rose and Boozer had great games. Boozer managed 17 points and 7 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. Rose and Boozer have the ability to be a Batman and Robin type duo for Chicago and games like this are something to get fans in Chicago really excited. Luol Deng put together another game to be proud of which is really great to see. Deng scored 19 points and 4 rebounds in 30 minutes of play and added the exclamation point on the night statistically for the Bulls. Joakim Noah rebounded 10 again tonight, but got out-rebounded by the Timberwolves Kevin Love, who is quickly showing himself as a rebounding presence in the NBA. The bench had another solid night, as unofficial bench captain Kyle Korver scored double digits yet again in another 20-plus minute relief appearance. Bench buddy Ronnie Brewster didn’t top 10 points, but he managed to score 8 in 22 minutes. Taj Gibson came off the bench and got 10 rebounds and 12 points, having the best night of all the Bulls bench. Even the soon-to-be Hall of Fame inductee Keith Bogans had a decent night, scoring 6 points after being defended by Head Coach Tom Thibodeau.
The Bulls held Minnesota to just 35.6% in the first half, leading by 21 at halftime, an very impressive feat even if it is just the Timberwolves. The Bulls even rewarded their fans for turning out for the blowout by giving them free food; if the Bulls scored 100, fans were treated to free Big Mac’s courtesy of McDonald’s. The stars for the Bulls really showed up Saturday, Boozer had 13 first-half points leading a balanced Chicago attack. Rose added 12 points and Deng 11 and the outcome of the game was never really in doubt. With a reasonably soft schedule, the Bulls can easily pad their 3 game lead on the Pacers in the Central Division, especially with the Pacers up next. It should be a fun few games upcoming for the Bulls, and after a confidence boosting win against the Lakers and a devastating blowout delivered to the ‘Wolves, it’s a good time to be a Bulls fan.