Wolves Fall Short To Bulls


Bulls 108 (54-20) - Timberwolves 91 (17-58) | Target Center


MENZIE HENDERSON
Wolves Writer


Box Score

How it happened:
As if it wasn’t clear before, Derrick Rose yet again made his case for MVP and showed why his Bulls belong on the top of this league.

Chicago used contributions from all of their many weapons and double-doubles from Rose and Carlos Boozer to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-91 on Wednesday night.

The Bulls jumped out to a controlling lead and never trailed as the offense continued to roll with Rose at the point. Chicago was able to maintain a sizable lead for the remainder of the contest after ending the first quarter with a 30-19 advantage.

Derrick Rose scored 12 in the opening quarter alone, and finished with 23 points and 10 assists to lead the Bulls.

With Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau repeatedly barking orders of “layup, layup!” to his squad, Derrick Rose and company did just that. With quick ball movement, penetration, and unselfish play, the Bulls executed an offensive attack that tallied 31 assists on 41 made field goals.

Chicago proved to have it all tonight: a point guard who can create with unmatchable strength and speed, multiple wings that can fill it up, and a dominating frontcourt.

While Joakim Noah was sidelined with a sprained ankle, Carlos Boozer had no trouble ruling the paint with 24 points and 14 rebounds.

The Timberwolves put together a few minor runs during the second and third quarters, but only to be corralled again by the Bulls disciplined team defensive approach.

Leader of the Pack:
After sitting three games with a strained left groin, Kevin Love made his return to the starting lineup and finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds.

The Numbers Game:
With 12 points tonight, Michael Beasley has scored in double figures in each of his last 13 outings.

Looking Ahead:
After a day to regroup, the Wolves will be hungry for an upset when LeBron James and the self-proclaimed “Heatles” come to town on Friday night at Target Center.


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