- Nick Friedell, ESPN Staff Writer
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How it happened: The Bulls gave up 55 points in the first half, and despite a lot more energy down the stretch, they once again couldn't climb all the way out of the hole they had already dug for themselves. The difference on this night was that the Bulls made more mental errors than usual. Carlos Boozer missed a wide-open dunk. C.J. Watson missed several layups. The Bulls made 14 turnovers on the night, including a late one by Derrick Rose that cost the Bulls a precious possession with under 30 seconds to play. Former Bull Tyrus Thomas has a huge night against his former team scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. It was clear for anyone to see that this game meant a little more to him. The same could not be said about the Bulls' effort at times on this night.
What it means: Tom Thibodeau has stressed all year that he wants his team to play for 48 minutes. The Bulls continue to have problems grasping that message and playing the type of game Thibodeau wants. There are too many lulls during the course of the game. Too many times when the Bulls get off track and can't turn on the energy in enough time. They allowed Charlotte to run out to a 17-point lead. You can't expect to do that and win ... even against a bad team.
Stat of the night: Thomas and Bobcats point guard D.J. Augustin combined for 39 points. Rose had just 17.
What's next: The Bulls are scheduled to practice Thursday afternoon in Indianapolis before facing off against the Indiana Pacers Friday night. Given the fact that the Bulls play the Miami Heat on Saturday at the United Center, Friday's game could be a trap game for Rose and company. It will be up to the young point guard to make sure his teammates don't overlook the Pacers.