Rapid Reaction: Bulls 103, Sixers 78

January, 18, 2014
Jan 18
9:26
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 an easy 103-78 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Joakim Noah had another big night for the Bulls, scoring 21 points, grabbing 16 rebounds and dishing out three assists. Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Bulls played the type of defense that Tom Thibodeau has been hoping to see for a while. Thaddeus Young had 12 points for the Sixers, but they looked disengaged most of the night.

What it means: This was the type of game the Bulls knew they could play, especially against a bad team. They played with a pace -- on both ends -- that has been missing of late. Most important to Thibodeau, the Bulls' defense was on point throughout the night. Chicago didn't allow the Sixers to to get into a rhythm, and the Bulls shut the game down early in the second half.

Noah continues to set the tone for the rest of his teammates. He dominated Philadelphia big man Spencer Hawes and did all of his work in just 31 minutes. Jimmy Butler said after Friday's loss to the Washington Wizards that the Bulls' offense would be set up by its defense; he was right. The Bulls' solid defense allowed the offense to get out on the break and make some plays.

Hits: D.J. Augustin continued his solid play -- scoring 19 points and dishing out eight assists off the bench.

Misses: The Sixers shot 35.1 percent from the field and were 2-for-19 from beyond the arc.

Stat of the night: Fast-break points: Bulls 25, Sixers 12.

What's next: The Bulls take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday 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
21.6 3.4 1.5 40.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.5
AssistsD. Rose 5.0
StealsJ. Butler 1.5
BlocksP. Gasol 2.0