Rapid Reaction: Bulls 92, Pistons 68

January, 9, 2012
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 92-68 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Carlos Boozer had 23 points and eight rebounds while Derrick Rose added 22 points and eight assist. The Bulls played solid defense most of the night, especially in the second half, frustrating the Pistons and forcing them into bad shots. They also did a better job of holding onto the ball, committing just 10 turnovers on the night.

What it means: The Bulls didn't play the way coach Tom Thibodeau wants them to in the first half, but they found a way to win by locking up the Pistons in the final 24 minutes. Boozer had probably his best game of the year, giving the Bulls an offensive jolt when they needed it most. The only real concerns on this night for the Bulls were that Luol Deng looks exhausted and Joakim Noah is not looking for offense. Thibodeau is going to have to find a way to get Deng some rest and get Noah into some kind of offensive rhythm.

Stats of the night: Deng and Noah combined for just eight points. Noah did not have a field goal attempt.

What's next: The Bulls are right back at it Tuesday night when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Chicago Bulls beat reporter
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
21.6 3.2 1.6 39.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 10.5
AssistsD. Rose 5.0
StealsJ. Butler 1.6
BlocksP. Gasol 2.3