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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 104, Thunder 95

By Nick Friedell



WICHITA, Kan. -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 104-95 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night at Intrust Bank Arena.

How it happened: Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 26 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds as Chicago stayed undefeated in the preseason. Carlos Boozer chipped in with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Luol Deng added 20 points and 10 rebounds of his own. Kevin Durant scored 22 points to lead the Thunder.

What it means: This was the first time since Rose has come back that he did not dominate offensively early and often, but he saved his best for the end, taking things over and hitting big shot after big shot in the fourth quarter. The Bulls have missed Rose in many ways, but maybe most of all is his ability to take command late and contribute down the stretch in many areas. Rose turned a poor shooting night into a great one and gave himself even more confidence as he makes his way back from having not played in almost a year and a half.

Hits: Mike Dunleavy had 9 points and 3 rebounds off the bench for the Bulls.

Misses: The Bulls turned the ball over 18 times.

Stat of the night: Rose scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter. He played 35 minutes -- the most since he has been back.

What's next: The Bulls wrap up their preseason schedule at home Friday night, when they take on the Denver Nuggets at the United Center.