Rapid Reaction: Bulls 103, Warriors 83

February, 26, 2014
Feb 26
9:35
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 a 103-83 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Carlos Boozer had 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Taj Gibson added 21 points and Joakim Noah chipped in with 17 rebounds, as the Bulls earned an impressive victory on the second night of a back-to-back. Jordan Crawford led the Warriors with 16 points, as the Bulls clamped down defensively all night.

What it means: This was one of the Bulls’ most impressive wins of the seasons. They dominated a good Warriors team after a hard-fought victory against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. Their defense was solid all night, and they controlled the tempo throughout. Kirk Hinrich had a solid defensive performance, hounding Stephen Curry on both ends. The Bulls are playing with the type of confidence that has defined them over the course of the past few seasons. If they continue to keep playing defense the way they did in this game, they are going to be in good shape in the playoffs. They got contributions up and down the roster and imposed their will on Golden State.

Hits: Jimmy Butler was very solid after missing the previous two games because of bruised ribs. He had 16 points and went to the line six times.

Misses: The Warriors shot just 35.7 percent from the field. No Warriors starter scored in double figures.

Stat of the night: Curry was 2-for-10 from the field and scored just five points.

What's next: The Bulls face off against the Dallas Mavericks at home on Friday 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
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5