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Monday, November 8, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 94, Nuggets 92

By Nick Friedell

CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls came back late to knock off the Denver Nuggets, 94-92, on Monday night at the United Center.

How it happened: After struggling to find his shot throughout most of the game, Derrick Rose came alive late in the fourth quarter, hitting several crucial buckets and opening up the lane for his teammates. Joakim Noah had a monster effort, racking up 13 points and 19 rebounds, while Luol Deng dropped in 17 points.

What it means: The Bulls are starting to develop the type of grit that Noah and his teammates talked about after last Friday night's crushing overtime loss to Boston. After surrendering the lead to Carmelo Anthony and company, the Bulls dug deep to claw their way back. They basically shut down Anthony in the fourth quarter and ramped up their defensive pressure significantly. Given the team's struggles down the stretch over the past week, the fact that his team didn't break during the final 12 minutes has to please Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

What's next: The Bulls have two days off before squaring off against Golden State on Thursday night. It is crucial for Thibodeau's bunch to continue to take care of business at the United Center this week, given that the team begins its annual Circus Trip next Tuesday in Houston.

Stat of the night: The Bulls outscored the Nuggets 24-15 over the final 9:15 of the game.