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Rapid Reaction: Bulls 96, Wizards 78

4/5/2014

WASHINGTON -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls cruised to a 96-78 win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night at the Verizon Center.

How it happened: D.J. Augustin had another huge game for the Bulls, going off for 25 points four rebounds and three assists, while Joakim Noah had 21 points, 12 rebounds and three assists as the Bulls controlled this game from the beginning and never let up. John Wall had 20 points, six assists and three rebounds to pace the Wizards, but they didn't have an answer for the Bulls' solid defense.

What it means: This was a great win for Tom Thibodeau's team. They came in on the second night of a back-to-back and dominated the game. They played with the type of intensity that has defined them this season and had their way on both ends of the floor. What has to make Thibodeau even prouder is that they imposed their defeinsive will on the Wizards, a team that has given them trouble this season. For a team that is preparing for the playoffs, this is the type of solid performance that will only bolster its confidence heading into the final week and a half of the season.

Hits: Carlos Boozer scored 10 of his 16 points in the first quarter and added four rebounds in 24 minutes.

Misses: Jimmy Butler was just 1-for-9 from the field.

Stat of the night: The Bulls were 9-for-22 from beyond the arc. The Wizards were just 2-for-15.

What's next: The Bulls have a few days off before taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.