The way this season has gone, it would have been so Bulls to suffer a let down against a bad Timberwolves team one night after grabbing a solid win against the Pacers. But after a bit of a rough start, the Bulls found their groove and nabbed a solid 104-97 victory, despite the fact that Joakim Noah and Marco Belinelli were out with injuries (in addition to Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton of course).
The Bulls' offense was pretty effective for most of the night, shaking off a 4-of-18 shooting start to wind up at a respectable 46.1 percent . They actually took and made a lot of three-pointers (10-of-26), which was refreshing to see considering there have been so many games this season where the Bulls just aren't a threat at all from beyond the arc. And even when they were missing shots, the Bulls were wreaking havoc on the offensive boards, collecting a whopping 20 offensive rebounds.
Individually, the Bulls received contributions aplenty. Nate Robinson was mostly Good Nate, scoring 22 points and handing out 10 assists (eight in the first half!). It was one of three double-doubles on the night for the Bulls, with Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson notching the others. Jimmy Butler fell one rebound shy of a double-double with 20 points and nine rebounds in place of Belinelli in the starting lineup. Luol Deng had his second straight good performance, scoring 17 points and pulling down seven boards.
The Wolves did make things interesting at several points, but the Bulls had an answer each time. Derrick Williams had a strong game, scoring a game-high 28 points. Ricky Rubio also looked pretty darn good, notching 15 points and eight assists.
That's two straight wins for the Bulls, who will now get a few days off before facing the Heat on Wednesday. Possibly more to come on this game from Ricky or Matt later/tomorrow.