Rapid Reaction: Bulls 92, Nets 90

April, 4, 2013
4/04/13
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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BROOKLYN -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Bulls' impressive 92-90 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night at the Barclays Center.

How it happened: Carlos Boozer had a monster night for the Bulls, scoring 29 points with 19 rebounds. Luol Deng added 18 points and seven rebounds as the Bulls earned one of their better wins of the season playing without Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Richard Hamilton, Marco Belinelli and Taj Gibson.

What it means: The Bulls have to be ecstatic with this win. Boozer played one of the best games of his Bulls career and was active on both ends. More importantly, the Bulls showed heart to claw their way back into this one after a poor first half. They played with the type of toughness that coach Tom Thibodeau always preaches. The Bulls always have to feel energized that if they see the Nets in the first round of the playoffs they can knock them off -- especially if they get some of their key pieces back. Given how poorly the Bulls played down the stretch in Tuesday's loss to the Washington Wizards, the Bulls will be riding high off this victory for the next few days.

Hits: Nazr Mohammed made several huge defensive plays in the final minute. He also chipped in with nine rebounds as the Bulls played without Noah and Gibson.

Misses: Kirk Hinrich was just 4-for-11 from the field and fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter.

Stat of the night: The Bulls shot 26.3 percent from the field in the first quarter ... and still found a way to win.

What's next: The Bulls are right back at it Friday night when they take on the Orlando Magic.

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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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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 3.3 1.5 40.0
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.4
AssistsD. Rose 4.9
StealsJ. Butler 1.5
BlocksP. Gasol 2.0