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How it happened: The Bulls outscored the Grizzlies by 13 points in the fourth quarter but couldn't finish the job in overtime. Playing in place of Luol Deng (hamstring), Jimmy Butler scored 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Carlos Boozer had yet another double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Joakim Noah had 10 points and five rebounds but was benched for the final 22:53 of the game.
What it means: The Bulls looked tired but battled back from a 17-point deficit and almost won the game -- but nobody will remember that. The only thing anyone will recall from this game is that Noah didn't play down the stretch. Bulls PR said during overtime that it was a coach's decision, but for Noah to sit that long and for Nazr Mohammed to come in after Taj Gibson fouled out late, it leads to a lot speculation about a potential injury. It will be interesting to see how Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau explains the situation after the game.
Hits: Gibson had a solid game off the bench, scoring 10 points and pulling down 12 rebounds.
Stat of the night: The Bulls scored just 25 points combined in the second and third quarters.
What's next: The Bulls take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.
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