Rapid Reaction: Bulls 97, Hawks 58

January, 14, 2013
1/14/13
9:42
PM CT
Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls cruised to a 97-58 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Carlos Boozer continued his solid play, scoring 20 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Joakim Noah added nine points and 16 rebounds while Luol Deng chipped in with 18 points as the Bulls destroyed the Hawks on both ends of the floor.

What it means: This was exactly what the doctor ordered for the Bulls. After getting blown out by the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night, Tom Thibodeau's team completely dominated the Hawks -- who didn't look like they had any interest in this game. The Bulls' defense was solid but the Hawks couldn't hit a shot throughout most of the game. What has to make Thibodeau feel better is that the Bulls' effort at home was much better than it had been recently. They knew what they had to do to win this game and they did it.

Hits: The Bulls' defense held the Hawks to 29.3 percent shooting from the field.

Misses: The Hawks scored just five points in the second quarter.

Stat of the night: The Bulls set a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a game by giving up just 58.

What's next: The Bulls take on the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

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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
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
20.5 3.3 1.8 39.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.6
AssistsD. Rose 5.0
StealsJ. Butler 1.8
BlocksP. Gasol 2.1