Rapid Reaction: Bulls 105, Bobcats 75

February, 22, 2013
Friedell By Nick Friedell

CHARLOTTE -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls cruised to an easy 105-75 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

How it happened: Every Bulls starter scored in double figures. Luol Deng had 14 points and five rebounds. Joakim Noah almost racked up another triple-double with 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists while Carlos Boozer added 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. The Bulls may have played their most balanced game of the season. Their effort was solid and they made it a point to get everyone open looks at the basket.

What it means: After playing so poorly against the Miami Heat on Thursday night, this was exactly the type of game that Tom Thibodeau's team needed. The Bulls controlled the tempo and did whatever they wanted. Thibodeau was furious with his team after they turned the ball over 27 times against Miami -- and he knows that the biggest key in this game was the fact the Bulls responded by turning the ball over just six times. With a tough game on the horizon Sunday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Bulls knew they had to pick up this one and they took care of business.

Hits: Taj Gibson played his best game in several weeks, scoring 17 points and pulling down six rebounds. He was active on both ends of the floor.

Misses: Not much to complain about in this one for the Bulls ... even for Thibs.

Stat of the night: Aside from the fact the Bulls turned the ball over just six times, the other key was their 37 assists.

What's next: The Bulls have a day off Saturday as they travel to Oklahoma City to face off against the Thunder Sunday night.

Nick Friedell | email

Chicago Bulls beat reporter
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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