- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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How it happened: The Bobcats were the hungrier team on Monday. They outplayed the Bulls all afternoon and especially with the game on the line. Heading into the fourth quarter with the game tied at 65, the Bobcats opened the quarter on a 12-2 run and put the Bulls away. The Bobcats guards outscored the Bulls guards 64-28.
What it means: The Bobcats couldn't have ended 2012 any better, and the Bulls couldn't have ended it any worse. For the Bobcats, it was their first win since Nov. 24 when they defeated the Washington Wizards in overtime. They had lost their last 18 games by an average of 13.3 points. For the Bulls, it was a crushing home loss, which included being booed by their own fans. From Monday's loss to Derrick Rose's injury to a first-round playoff exit in 2012, the Bulls are looking to get onto 2013 quickly.
Misses: The Bobcats won by 10 points despite shooting 21 of 38 from the free-throw line.
Stat of the night: Joakim Noah was a non-factor for the Bulls in the loss. He took two shots and made one. He finished with two points, four rebounds and two assists. He had been averaging 13.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists.
What's next: The Bulls open 2013 by traveling to face the Orlando Magic on Wednesday and then play at Miami on Friday.