Rapid Reaction: Bulls 107, Bucks 100

January, 27, 2012
1/27/12
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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 picked up a 107-100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Derrick Rose dominated this game at various points throughout the night. The reigning MVP finished with 34 points and led the Bulls offensively all night. He seemed to take the challenge of facing Bucks' point guard Brandon Jennings personally. After a slow start, Rose went off in the second half and played like a man who wasn't afraid to drive to the rim on the painful turf toe injury, which has slowed him down over the last few weeks.

What it means: Playing without Luol Deng (wrist) and Rip Hamilton (thigh) the Bulls did just enough to sneak away from a pesky Milwaukee team. What everyone will remember from this one is the fact that Rose dominated Jennings in the second half, outscoring him 18-6. The other key for the Bulls is that Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah took advantage of a depleted Bucks' roster combining for 35 points and 29 rebounds.

Stat of the night: The Bulls outscored the Bucks 56-42 in the paint.

What's next: The Bulls have a showdown against the Miami Heat on Sunday afternoon.

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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 3.2 1.7 38.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.8
AssistsD. Rose 5.0
StealsJ. Butler 1.7
BlocksP. Gasol 2.0