Rapid Reaction: Bulls 102, Magic 84
April, 15, 2013
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Bulls' 102-84 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday at Amway Center:
How it happened: The Bulls dominated this game. Carlos Boozer had 22 points, six rebounds and four assists while Luol Deng added 18 points, eight assists and four rebounds. After a lackluster first half, the Bulls went to work. They took advantage of a bad team and played together. After dropping two straight, this was exactly the type of performance they needed heading into the most crucial part of the year.
What it means: The Bulls won on two fronts in this game. The actual victory is secondary to the fact that Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson got some minutes after missing extended time because of injuries. The pair's presence alone will give the Bulls confidence as they head into the playoffs. Obviously, both are shaking some rust off and still have some work to do in the next few days to get their bodies back in order, but the fact that they were out there and contributed to this victory is a great sign for the Bulls. Noah and Gibson are two huge focal points for Thibodeau's defensive system and are crucial if the Bulls want to a run in the playoffs.
Hits: The Bulls did whatever they wanted offensively and shot 56 percent from the field.
Misses: Both teams combined for 33 turnovers.
Stat of the night: The Bulls had 33 assists. Their starters combined for 78 points.
What's next: The Bulls head into their final regular season game of the season at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday against the Washington Wizards.