Saturday, March 2, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 96, Nets 85
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 96-85 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night at the United Center.
How it happened: Joakim Noah had another huge game, going off for 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Carlos Boozer added 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists of his own. The Bulls took the momentum they created from Thursday night's win over the Philadelphia 76ers and built upon it, which undoubtedly will please coach Tom Thibodeau.
What it means: Noah continues to lead the way for a Bulls team that was in desperate need of a boost. His passionate play has been the difference the past two games, and he proved yet again that his energy is something the rest of his teammates feed off of. Boozer continued his solid play and gave the Bulls an offensive presence that they have been missing in recent weeks. Another big key for the Bulls in this game was the play of Kirk Hinrich. The veteran point guard had 12 points, four rebounds and four assists; but it was his defense on Deron Williams that helped set the tone for the night. Williams was just 4-for-12 from the field and was frustrated by Hinrich's presence. It will be interesting to see how Noah, Hinrich and Luol Deng perform Sunday night against the Indiana Pacers after playing a combined 125 minutes.
Hits: Jimmy Butler had a solid game off the bench in scoring 13 points. He also was very active on the defensive end.
Misses: Deng was just 3-for-10 from the field as he continues to battle several nagging injuries.
Stat of the night: The Bull and Nets combined for 40 turnovers.
What's next: The Bulls are right back at it Sunday night against the Pacers in Indianapolis.