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Friday, December 31, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 90, Nets 81

By Nick Friedell

CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 90-81 win over the New Jersey Nets on Friday afternoon at the United Center.

How it happened:The Bulls played with balance throughout most of the day offensively and it showed. Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng combined for 58 points while Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver combined for 19 points of their own. The better news for Tom Thibodeau was that his team's defense was on point once again. The Nets couldn't seem to get much going all day, struggling to put any kind of run together.

What it means:Say what you want how the Bulls are doing it, but you can't take away they fact that they continue to win games. The energy is still lacking at times and could be better, but they are finding ways to win each night and that has to make Thibodeau happy. Regardless of how the offense is running, the Bulls are playing with a little more passion on the defensive end of late and it's showing. Over the past two games, Thibodeau's bunch has held opponents (New Jersey and Milwaukee) to 158 points combined.

Stat of the night:Boozer had 15 of the Bulls' 43 rebounds.

What's next: The Bulls are right back at it Saturday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers come to town. It will be interesting to see how both teams respond after New Year's Eve in Chicago.