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Saturday, April 2, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 113, Raptors 106

By Nick Friedell



CHICAGO. -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 113-106 win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Playing without Joakim Noah, and on the second night of a back to back, Derrick Rose had 36 points and 10 assists as the Bulls yet again made more plays down the stretch to lock up a victory. Taj Gibson had a big game off the bench with 15 points and nine rebounds while Carlos Boozer added 18 points and 10 rebounds of his own.

What it means: The Bulls beat a bad team. At this point in the year, Tom Thibodeau will take it. This game only reinforces the theory that Rose can single-handedly take over a game whenever he wants. He did that in the third quarter, scoring 15 points and going to the free throw line eight times. When Rose decides to impose his will on a game, bad teams, like the Raptors, don't have much of a chance.

Stat of the night: The Bulls outscored the Raptors 50-36 in the paint.

What's next: The Bulls have the day off on Sunday before returning to the practice floor Monday afternoon. They face off against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. They'll be looking for their fourth win in a row.