Rapid Reaction: Bulls 114, Clippers 101

December, 31, 2011
12/31/11
12:15
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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LOS ANGELES -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls pulled off an impressive 114-101 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night at Staples Center.

How it happened: Derrick Rose dominated this game almost from start to finish. The reigning MVP said before the game that this particular contest against Chris Paul and the Clippers didn't mean more to him than any other game. His actions told a different story, though. He was in control all night offensively, finishing the game with 29 points, 16 assists and eight rebounds.

What it means: Rose was dominant, but the difference between these two teams is their depth. Each one of the Bulls' starters scored in double figures and had at least five rebounds. The Bench Mob also had another big night and provided solid minutes for Tom Thibodeau. Without question, this was the Bulls' most complete win of the year.

Stat of the night: Aside from Rose's stat line, the Bulls went to the free throw line 34 times. Another good sign for Thibodeau.

What's next: The Bulls have a day off Saturday before getting ready to face off against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night in the team's home opener at the United Center.

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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