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Rapid Reaction: Bulls 90, Hornets 67

2/9/2012

NEW ORLEANS -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls cruised to a 90-67 win over New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night at New Orleans Arena.

How it happened: Carlos Boozer had 18 points and six rebounds to pace the Bulls. Joakim Noah added 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Bulls rolled to another win against a bad Hornets team. The key for the Bulls once again was that their defense was on point. The Hornets struggled to find open looks all night.

What it means: For the third game in a row, the Bulls blitzed a bad team and didn't give them any chance to get in a game. That's a credit to Tom Thibodeau and his coaching staff for getting his team mentally ready to play. Meanwhile, Derrick Rose's back is clearly still bothering him. He played just 22 minutes and scored just six points. It will be interesting to see whether Thibodeau decides to rest him on Friday night or not.

Stats of the night: The Bulls outscored the Hornets 58-40 in the paint.

What's next: The Bulls continue their nine-game road trip Friday night when they take on the Charlotte Bobcats.