Rapid Reaction: Bobcats 83, Bulls 82

January, 18, 2011
1/18/11
9:38
PM CT
Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Charlotte Bobcats squeaked out a 83-82 win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Playing in their fourth game in five nights, the Bulls looked tired and couldn't find an offensive rhythm all night. Derrick Rose had 33 points, but missed a shot at the buzzer that would have won the game. Luol Deng and Ronnie Brewer combined for 22 points, but they were the only other Bulls in double figures. D.J. Augustin led Charlotte with 15 points and was one of four Bobcats in double figures.

What it means: Derrick Rose can't do it all by himself. After playing such a complete game on Monday afternoon in Memphis, the Bulls couldn't rely on anyone offensively besides Rose. After dropping 22 on the Grizzlies, Kyle Korver managed just six. The Bulls missed Carlos Boozer badly in this one because they needed another consistent offensive option. The defense was fine all night, but nobody could make shots. The Bulls shot just 39 percent from the field.

Stat of the night: The Bobcats outscored the Bulls 46-28 in the paint.

What's next: After a four games in five nights stretch, the Bulls take a day off Wednesday before facing off against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. Given that the Bulls continue to play without Boozer and Joakim Noah, it's important that they get rest when they can.


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Chicago Bulls beat reporter
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
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
21.5 3.4 1.6 39.8
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.7
AssistsD. Rose 5.1
StealsJ. Butler 1.6
BlocksP. Gasol 2.0