The story is always the same for Carlos Boozer.

Big scoring night or small, "Booz" from the crowd or boos, the veteran forward judges his night by one result: Did he help his team win?

It's why Boozer considered his 24-point performance in the Bulls' 92-81 defeat of the Timberwolves on Friday night as similar to his 10-point, 10-rebound effort in the previous exhibition, another victory. It's how Boozer rolls, no matter how many skeptical eye rolls that approach may engender.

"You love having a good game to get your confidence going, but I just want to win games," Boozer said.

Boozer sank his first six shots and went 10-for-17 overall. That's a more typical shooting night for the career 53.7 percent shooter who had managed just 35.1 percent through the first four games.

"He has to get touches," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We did a good job of seeking him out early in the game and we gave him more than one look. He's running the floor hard and we have to find him."

Taj Gibson supplied his typical energy off the bench, posting 12 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in close to 28 minutes.