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Sunday, April 10, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 102, Magic 99

By Nick Friedell



ORLANDO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls pulled out a 102-99 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday afternoon at the Amway Center.

How it happened: Without having to deal with Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose was dominant, going off for 39 points. Rose was 13-for-17 from the floor and, as usual, made play after play down the stretch. Luol Deng scored 15 points of his own. Jameer Nelson hit a 3-pointer that would have tied the game at the buzzer but officials waived it off. A video review confirmed the call.

What it means: Rose is that good. Not that a national-television audience didn't know that before, but he just reinforced why so many people believe he's the MVP this season. The Bulls were flat most of the day and didn't play with the consistent energy their fans have come to expect, but Rose took the game over in the end and delivered a win. Neither team should take much out of this game given that Howard didn't play, but the confidence the Bulls have in Rose and he has in himself cannot be stressed enough.

Stats of the night: The Bulls had 21 turnovers ... and still won.

What's next: The Bulls head to New York where they'll face off against the New York on Tuesday night. They'll be looking for their eighth win in a row.