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Saturday, January 21, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 95, Bobcats 89

By Nick Friedell

CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 95-89 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Playing without Derrick Rose (toe), Joakim Noah (ankle), Taj Gibson (ankle) and John Lucas III (groin), the Bulls still managed to win their third game in a row. Carlos Boozer had another solid night, scoring 23 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Luol Deng added 22 points and eight rebounds, and Rip Hamilton chipped in 20 points. Even Mike James, promoted from the NBDL weeks ago, came off the bench to score nine points and dish out 10 assists of his own. It was a total team effort on this night.

What it means: First of all, the Bobcats are absolutely awful. Secondly, the Bulls proved once again just how deep they are. Playing without four different players, the Bulls still found a way to push through the adversity and get a win. Saturday's game is yet another example as to why the Bulls shouldn't rush Rose back onto the floor unless his toe feels significantly better. They are good enough to beat most teams without him.

Stats of the night: The Bulls were outrebounded 44-37, but still found a way to win. They turned the ball over just eight times.

What's next: The Bulls have the day off Sunday before facing off against the New Jersey Nets on Monday night.