- Nick Friedell, ESPN Staff Writer
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How it happened: Derrick Rose felt like his team owed the Clippers one after Blake Griffin and company rolled through the United Center on Dec. 18 and stole a win. He decided to make sure the same thing didn't happen twice. The 22-year-old point guard scored 32 points, dished out 11 assists and pulled down three rebounds as the Bulls picked up their sixth win in a row. Luol Deng had another solid game, adding 26 points, five assists and six rebounds. Carlos Boozer added 16 points and 10 rebounds of his own.
What it means: When Rose puts his mind to something it's hard to bet against him. He has the ability to completely take over games and impose his will on opponents. That's what he did again at times on Wednesday night. Between Rose's play, and the Bulls' renewed lock down defense on Griffin in the second half, they simply ran away with this one at the end. Rose and his teammates are growing more confidence as the games roll by.
Stat of the night: Griffin scored just seven points in the second half, after scoring 25 in the first.
What's next: The Bulls have two days off before facing off against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. They'll enjoy the night in Los Angeles and soak in the fact that they are becoming the team that Tom Thibodeau wants them to be.
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