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Saturday, February 4, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 113, Bucks 90

By Nick Friedell

MILWAUKEE -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned an easy 113-90 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night at the Bradley Center.

How it happened: Derrick Rose finished the game with 26 points (including 15 in the first quarter), 13 assists and seven rebounds and the Bulls cruised to their third win in four games. Kyle Korver had another good shooting night, scoring 18 points, while Luol Deng added 21 points and nine rebounds in his first game back in two weeks. Deng, who was wearing a wrap around his left wrist because of a torn ligament, played 41 minutes.

What it means: The Bulls absolutely dominated the Bucks from beginning to end. Rose set the tone early and the rest of his teammates followed. It was one of the most complete games that the Bulls played all year. Everything came easy for them. They clicked offensively, racking up 31 assists, and they forced the Bucks to take tough, contested shots all night. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is still rarely completely happy after a win, but he has to at least be satisfied with the way his team played on this night.

Stat of the night: The Bulls shot 61 percent from the field in the first half.

What's next: The Bulls' nine-game road trip continues on Monday night when they take on the New Jersey Nets.