How it happened: Kevin Love had a big night for the Timberwolves, scoring 31 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out two assists. Ronny Turiaf added 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench. D.J. Augustin had another solid outing for the Bulls, scoring 19 points and totaling six assists and Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 14 rebounds. But the Bulls' biggest problem is that they couldn't find enough offense without Joakim Noah (flu) on the floor.
What it means: The result of this game shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Without Noah and Kirk Hinrich (hamstring), the Bulls didn't have many places to turn on either end. They had enough effort, they just didn't have enough talent. Love beat them up early, and the Bulls didn't have any answers down the stretch. The Bulls have to hope that Noah feels better over the next couple days and is able to get back into the lineup, because Chicago will not be able to win many games without him.
Stats of the night: The Bulls shot just 37.6 percent from the field. The Bulls and Timberwolves combined to shoot just 33 percent from the field in the third quarte, (12-for-36) according to Bulls radio statistician Jeff Mangurten. The Timberwolves' bench outscored the Bulls' 35-11.
Hits: After struggling with his shot over the past couple weeks, Jimmy Butler had a nice game, scoring 16 points (5-for-12 from the field) and pulling down eight rebounds.
Misses: Tony Snell was just 1-for-7 from the field.
What's next: The Bulls start a two-week road trip. Their first game is Wednesday night in San Antonio.