Rapid reaction: Bulls 120, Warriors 90

November, 11, 2010
11/11/10
9:30
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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The Chicago Bulls absolutely demolished the Golden State Warriors 120-90 on Thursday night at the United Center.

How it happened: This one was never really in doubt. Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, and without All Star forward David Lee, the Warriors looked lifeless throughout most of the game. Derrick Rose and Luol Deng pushed the pace from the outset and Golden State simply couldn't keep up. Deng led everybody with 26 points, but every starter had at least 14. The Bulls could get pretty much any shot they wanted and the Warriors didn't seem too concerned about playing defense on this particular night.

What it means: Thursday night's win was a good sign for the Bulls for a lot of different reasons. First, the Bulls never let the Warriors back into the game. There were plenty of fans out there who probably had flashbacks to last year's meltdown against the Kings last year when the Bulls blew a 35-point lead in the third quarter. This time they were able to hold onto a 35-point lead and keep it steady. The intensity never really wavered. The second good sign for Tom Thibodeau's team is that it passed the ball in transition as well as it has all year. The Bulls finished with 29 assists, including 13 from Rose. Any time Rose rack up 13 assists the Bulls are probably going to win.

What's next: Derrick Rose vs. John Wall -- that's what's next. The Bulls play the Wizards on Saturday night and that is one of the matchups that everyone has been talking about since the schedule came out. Wall recorded the first triple-double of his career on Wednesday night and will definitely be trying to make even more of a name for himself against Rose. Saturday also makes the regular-season return of Kirk Hinrich. After playing seven solid seasons in Chicago, the veteran guard was traded in the summer to clear out salary cap space.

Stat of the night: The Bulls had a season-high 37 fast break points.


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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