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Thursday, March 17, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 84, Nets 73

By Nick Friedell



NEWARK, N.J. -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls pulled out an 84-73 win over the New Jersey Nets on Thursday night at the Prudential Center.

How it happened: Derrick Rose had 21 points and Luol Deng added 19 as the Bulls won their eighth in a row. This one wasn't pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but once again the Bulls made plays down the stretch when they had to. Kyle Korver gave himself a great birthday present, by draining a huge three with just over a minute left to play. Omer Asik had a big game of his own scoring 11 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.

What it means: The Bulls continue to find ways to win. They lost a game just like this two months ago against the Nets, but they pulled this one out because they learned from their mistakes. They shut down Deron Williams all night, holding him to just a 1-for-12 night from the field. The defense continues to be the constant night in and night out for this team.

Stat of the night: The Bulls outscored the Nets 46-22 in the paint.

What's next: The Bulls are right back at it Friday night when they face off against the Indiana Pacers. Aside from the obvious chase for the number one seed in the East, the Bulls will be looking to stay undefeated in the Central Division.