Rapid Reaction: Bulls 108, Kings 98

December, 29, 2011
12/29/11
11:40
PM CT
Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls pulled out win over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night at Power Balance Pavilion.

How it happened: Carlos Boozer played his best game of the young season scoring 16 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Derrick Rose added 19 and Rip Hamilton chipped in with 16. The Bulls made enough defensive plays to win the game at the end, although Tom Thibodeau still won't be particularly happy with the way his team played.

What it means: Yes, the Bulls won, but Thibodeau is going to find plenty of reasons to be upset with his team. They still aren't playing as consistently as they did last year. Granted, a lot of that probably has to do with rust from the lockout, but Thibodeau and his players have set a higher standard for themselves. The Bulls started off this game running up and down the floor and attacking the rim like they did last season. But, there were too many stretches in which the Bulls played sloppy.

Stat of the night: The Bulls had 25 assists on the night. Joakim Noah (who had nine points) was the only Bulls' starter not in double figures.

What's next: The Bulls get right back to work Friday night when they face off against former coach Vinny Del Negro and the Los Angeles Clippers.

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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