Rapid Reaction: Bulls 103, Wizards 96

November, 13, 2010
11/13/10
9:42
PM CT
Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls outlasted the Washington Wizards 103-96 on Saturday night at the United Center.

How it happened: They won't be replaying this one on ESPN Classic. This game had no rhythm, but Tom Thibodeau doesn't care. His team flustered the Wizards just enough throughout the night to keep a lead and hang on to it. Before the game, the only thing anyone could talk about was the matchup between Derrick Rose and John Wall. It was obvious after watching Saturday night's contest that Rose has the edge on Wall in one key category: His supporting cast is much better. Luol Deng and Joakim Noah combined for 41 points and 18 rebounds, and the Bulls simply had more weapons in the end.

What it means: The Bulls did exactly what they had to do. They won all three of the winnable games on their schedule before heading on a seven game road trip. The team is starting to play better defense as a whole and should be able to to take the momentum they gained this week into the road trip. Rose should be able to gain even more confidence in the fact that he started off the game shooting terribly (1 for 8 in the first quarter) and was able to turn that into 24 points by the end of the game.

What's next: The circus is coming to town, which means the Bulls start their annual two-week trek out West. Rose and Co. start a seven-game trip Tuesday night in Houston. It will be important for them to start off the trip with a win against the Rockets because they have historically been brutal on this trip and Houston is not playing very well.

Stat of the night: For the second consecutive game, four of the five Bulls' starters scored in double figures. Taj Gibson would have made it five, but he ended up with just 9.

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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