Rapid Reaction: Bulls 100, Celtics 89

December, 18, 2012
12/18/12
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls cruised to a 100-89 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Joakim Noah earned the second triple-double of his career, scoring 11 points, pulling down 13 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists. Luol Deng added 21 points while Carlos Boozer had another solid night scoring 21 points with 12 rebounds. Nate Robinson was great off the bench scoring 18 points and giving the Bulls a major spark down the stretch. Rajon Rondo scored a game -high 26 points for the Celtics.

What it means: This was a solid win for the Bulls on a lot of levels. First, they outplayed the Celtics and outworked them. This would be impressive on any night, but even more so on Tuesday given that the Bulls were on the wrong end of a back-to-back. The best part for Thibodeau is that his go-to guys continue to bounce back after rough losses. Deng and Noah led the way one more time as the Bulls got contributions up and down the roster. Noah's performance will only strengthen an already strong case for a place on the All-Star team. He has taken his game to the next level this season and is more consistent than he's ever been.

Hits: Taj Gibson had a great game -- 13 points, five rebounds and four assists -- even better when considering he turned his ankle in the first half and played through it the rest of the game.

Misses: Kirk Hinrich continues to struggle. In 23 minutes he was 0-for-2 from the field.

Stats of the night: The Bulls had six players in double figures. They outscored the Celtics 48-36 in the paint.

What's next: The Bulls take on the New York Knicks on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5