Friday, January 25, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 103, Warriors 87
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 103-87 win over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night at the United Center.
How it happened: The Bulls frontcourt absolutely dominated this game. Joakim Noah had 14 points and 16 rebounds and four assists. Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 13 rebounds while Jimmy Butler had another strong showing with 16 points and 12 rebounds. But it was Kirk Hinrich who had his best shooting performance of the season. The veteran guard poured in 25 points, going 6-for-7 from the 3-point line as the Bulls cruised to a satisfying victory.
What it means: This was just what the doctor ordered for Tom Thibodeau. His team was solid defensively and found offense in bunches. The better news for Thibodeau is that his point guard play was great. Hinrich and Nate Robinson combined for 47 points and spaced the floor out for the rest of their teammates. The Bulls played with the edge that Thibodeau has been wanting to see and closed down Golden State towards the end of the second half. Aside from the point guard play, Thibodeau has to be pleased with the way Butler continues to take advantage of his opportunity. Noah and Boozer's solid play is almost a given at this point -- Butler's consistency, especially on the defensive end, has been a pleasant surprise night after night as Luol Deng continues rehabbing from a right hamstring injury.
Hits: Robinson was on fire from the field, shooting 10-for-16. He had 22 points and gave the Bulls a big lift off the bench.
Misses: Taj Gibson and Marco Belinelli combined to go 1-for-9 from the field.
Stats of the night: Rebounds: Bulls 56-37. Second-chance points: Bulls 30-6.
What's next: The Bulls are right back at it Saturday night when they take on the Washington Wizards.