Rapid Reaction: Bulls 110, Nets 95

January, 23, 2012
1/23/12
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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 110-95 win over the New Jersey Nets on Monday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Playing without Luol Deng (wrist) and Taj Gibson (ankle), the Bulls still easily rolled past the Nets. Rip Hamilton had 22 points and 10 assists, while Derrick Rose scored 22 points and dished out eight assists. Joakim Noah had one of his best games of the season, scoring 16 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

What it means: Even when two of their most important players are not on the floor, the Bulls have enough talent to beat teams on most nights. Rose played very well in his first game back in a week. He wasn't as explosive as usual, but he still made plays when the Bulls needed one. Hamilton continues to show that when he is in the lineup, he can be a difference maker. He is a terrific passer and he obviously enjoys being on the floor with Rose. Fans will surely wonder why he played 42 minutes on the night, though. Same goes for Rose who played 36 minutes.

Stat of the night: The Bulls had 33 assists.

What's next: The Bulls go for their fifth win in a row on Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers 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