Jaw-dropping

December, 22, 2009
12/22/09
12:35
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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Paul Westphal couldn't contain his excitement as he headed back into the Kings' locker room after the game.

"They should've gone up by 40," the veteran coach exclaimed.

The sense of joy in his voice was palpable.

Just down the hall, the misery coming from the Bulls locker room was just as present. Joakim Noah sat in front of his locker and leaned back in his chair with his eyes closed. He couldn't believe that his team had just blown a 35-point lead.

In truth, nobody in the United Center could.

Derrick Rose when asked if something like this has ever happened in his career: "Never. But I guess there's a first time for everything. Just nonchalant attitude, I guess. But we'll be fine."

Tyreke Evans on the game as a whole: "Wow, that's all I can say. Wow. That was crazy. I've never been a part of a team that came back like that."

Vinny Del Negro when told people were saying they've never seen something like that: "I haven't either. It happens. It's happened before. It's frustrating. It's difficult. But, what are you going to do, put your head down and feel sorry for yourself. You gotta go play. This is the NBA. These are pros ... "

Jason Thompson on the game: "I don't think I would have said at halftime that I would have come out with a smile on my face, but this is great."

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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
20.2 3.3 1.8 39.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 12.1
AssistsD. Rose 5.0
StealsJ. Butler 1.8
BlocksP. Gasol 2.1