- Nick Friedell, ESPN Staff Writer
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How it happened: Taj Gibson had another big game for the Bulls, scoring 20 points and grabbing 15 rebounds as Chicago pulled out an impressive victory. Jimmy Butler added 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Monta Ellis led the Mavs with 20 points, but it wasn't enough as the Bulls crawled back from a 16-point first-half deficit to win their third consecutive game.
What it means: This was a great win for Tom Thibodeau's bunch. The Bulls never quit in this one and did all the little things they had to do to beat a solid Western Conference opponent. They controlled the boards, made hustle plays, and hit big shots when they needed them. Most importantly, they tightened up defensively down the stretch and forced the Mavericks out of their rhythm. Once again, the Bulls got contributions up and down the roster -- Kirk Hinrich chipped in with several key baskets in the final moments. Butler, Gibson and Mike Dunleavy played well again, and Joakim Noah made a couple nice defensive stops in the fourth quarter. Thibodeau is fond of saying the Bulls "need everybody" in order to win; they got that again against the Mavericks.
Hits: Hinrich had 17 points and was 7-for-8 from the field.
Misses: Vince Carter did not hit a shot in the second half. He was 0-for-6 from the field during that time.
Stats of the night: The Bulls outrebounded the Mavericks 46-37. Chicago shot 50.7 percent from the field.
What's next: The Bulls take on the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon at the United Center.