The Chicago Bulls are the top team in the Eastern Conference, and have a two-game lead over the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. But that status wasn’t able to get them past the 38-36 Philadelphia 76ers.

“There’s really no excuses,” Bulls center Joakim Noah said. “But it’s a wake up call, we don’t have anything figured out…People are always telling us ‘it’s OK, oh you guys are going to win this game, it’s easy.’ Nothing is easy in this league.”

The Bulls found out that they can’t walk through teams if they want to maintain their place on top of the NBA. And furthermore, there’s little doubt in anyone’s mind that something like Monday night will happen again anytime soon, be it against the 76ers or anyone else.

“If we get to play them again, it’s definitely going to be different,” Derrick Rose said.

The Bulls travel to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves on Wednesday, they’ve been outstanding bouncing back from losses all season long.

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