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Saturday, March 10, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 111, Jazz 97

By Nick Friedell



CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how Chicago Bulls earned an easy 111-97 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Playing without Luol Deng (wrist), Joakim Noah (flu), Rip Hamilton (shoulder) and C.J. Watson (ankle), the Bulls had no problem driving right past the Jazz. Carlos Boozer had 27 points to lead the way for a Bulls team that was still upset with the way it performed in Thursday night's loss to the Orlando Magic. Kyle Korver made up for his poor performance during the Magic game, by going 10-for-16 from the field, scoring 26 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out six assists. Derrick Rose added 24 points and 13 assists.

What it means: The Bulls did what they needed to do -- proving once again why they are probably the deepest team in the league. Even without three starters, the Bulls were able to push the tempo and get seemingly whatever they needed on offense. They shot 56 percent from the field and had 31 assists on the night. The better sign for Tom Thibodeau's team is that Carlos Boozer is playing extremely well on the offensive end over the past couple games and Korver found his stroke again for one night. In the short term, the Bulls can play with, and beat, almost any team in the league because they are so confident they can find ways to win no matter who goes down.

Stat of the night: The Jazz outscored the Bulls 62-42 in the paint ... and still lost.
Bold play of the game: Korver's shooting performance. He felt awful about the way he played on Thursday, but he reiterated his mindset after that game -- "Shooters shoot." Korver was on target most of the night and showed it by knocking down six three pointers -- the same amount he missed in the fourth quarter against the Magic.

What's next: The Bulls hope to make it two wins in a row Monday night against the New York Knicks.