Rapid Reaction: Bulls 91, Jazz 86

February, 9, 2011
2/09/11
10:42
PM CT
Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls pulled out a 91-86 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at Energy Solutions Arena.

How it happened: Derrick Rose had 29 points to lead the Bulls as they snapped their two-game losing skid in front of a loud crowd in Utah. Carlos Boozer only had 14 points in his first game against his old team, but he got the last laugh as the Bulls made several crucial plays down the stretch. Boozer's former Utah teammates Kyle Korver also played major roles late. Korver drilled a clutch 3-pointer down the stretch and Ronnie Brewer sewed up the game with a steal off an errant Deron Williams pass.

What it means: The tone of this game was set on the defensive end for the Bulls. Rose knew he didn't play his best defensively in Monday night's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, and he wanted to make up for it. He did that by holding Williams to just 11 points. The Bulls may not have played their best game of the year, but they did what good teams do: They found a way to win on the road in an emotionally-charged environment. This is a good confidence booster for them and a good preview of the types of things they may see once the playoffs hit in a few months.

Stat of the night: The Bulls did not have an offensive rebound in the first half.

What's next: The Bulls have two days off before facing off against the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night, which marks the end of their five-game road trip. Given the emotional high that they will be on after a win like this, it's a good bet that they will have a little extra energy heading into Saturday's showdown with Chris Paul and company.


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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
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
20.9 3.3 1.5 39.6
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.9
AssistsD. Rose 5.1
StealsJ. Butler 1.5
BlocksP. Gasol 1.9