How it happened: The Bulls did exactly what they were supposed to do Saturday. After an emotionally-charged win over the Lakers on Friday night, they took control of the Timberwolves early and never looked back. Derrick Rose had another big night, scoring 21 points and dishing out 7 assists while Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng combined for points 36 points of their own. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has to be pleased that his team started off the contest with the energy that they've been lacking at certain times this season. They pushed the pace when needed and dominated on the boards.
What it means: The Bulls are starting to develop a winner's mentality. They knew that if they lost to Minnesota after beating the Lakers, all the momentum they had would fly out the window. Rose wouldn't allow that to happen. It's a credit to Thibodeau for keeping his team focused and pushing them to always improve. The Bulls played with the pace that the first year head coach always talks about and never took their foot off the gas against an inferior team.
Stat of the night: The Bulls out-rebounded the Timberwolves 53-36.
What's next: Rose and company get a much needed day off before heading back to the United Center to face the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. They'll be looking for their sixth win in a row.