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Rapid Reaction: Bulls 107, Hawks 103

February, 25, 2014
Feb 25
9:09
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
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ATLANTA -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 107-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night at Philips Arena.

How it happened: Joakim Noah paced the Bulls with 20 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. Mike Dunleavy played almost the entire game and racked up 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists as the Bulls picked up their sixth win in seven games. Jeff Teague had 26 points and seven assists but it wasn't enough for an Atlanta team that continues to struggle.

What it means: The Bulls were lucky to come out of this game with a win. They really didn't play well, and their defense was not as tight as it had been over the past few weeks. But they found a way -- and that's what good teams do. Kirk Hinrich had a poor shooting night, but he made some big plays down the stretch including stealing the ball from Teague in the final minute. After a bad second half against Miami on Sunday, Tom Thibodeau was hoping the Bulls would bounce back mentally, and they did. They found a way to win instead of finding ways to lose -- the way Atlanta did.

Hits: Carlos Boozer had a solid bounce-back game with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Misses: D.J. Augustin is now 2-for-24 over his past two games.

Stat of the night: The Hawks knocked down 14 3-pointers in this game -- the most the Bulls have given up since November 2010, when they gave up 16 to the Knicks, according to Bulls Radio statistician Jeff Mangurten.

What's next: The Bulls are right back at it Wednesday night when they take on the Golden State Warriors at the United Center.

Bulls players enjoy being back on campus

October, 13, 2012
10/13/12
12:16
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The tweets started coming at Taj Gibson quickly. As soon as the Bulls' plane landed near the University of Illinois campus, the Chicago Bulls' forward was fielding requests to play video games at fraternity houses. Some wanted help with their homework. Others just wanted to be in the general vicinity of an NBA player. For Gibson, who is in just his fourth season from USC Trojans, it was a fun experience. He knows that he isn't that far removed from his college days, and like his teammates, he enjoyed being back on campus and going back in time.

"It feels surreal," Gibson said. "You look at the campus ... you're just thinking back to how when you were young, being on a college campus, no worries, just having fun, partying, meeting new people. That's the way I felt, I was meeting new people every five minutes so it was great."

Gibson hopped in a cab with some of his teammates, but ultimately decided to walk around and get a feel for part of the campus. That's when things got interesting.

"It was crazy because all I did was just try to be normal and it just became a crazy epidemic," he said. "Everybody was coming of the woodwork, (coming from their) jobs, it was just crazy."

So crazy that Gibson couldn't even walk into some stores around town. On the hunt for a video-game system, Gibson was repeatedly stopped for pictures and autographs. The happy-go-lucky big man took it all in stride.

"It was weird because I couldn't go to stores," Gibson said. "I couldn't go to certain places. They would just follow me everywhere. I couldn't even eat food, but everybody was nice. Everybody is really friendly ... people were talking about, 'I can drive you around,' but I didn't want to be a missing person."

Gibson wasn't the only player walking around town. Pictures of Bulls players popped up all over Twitter as fans tried to get a piece of their favorite players. Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich walked into a local establishment called Legend's looking for food, but they had to leave a little while later because they were being mobbed by fans.

"It was a little weird. I'm getting old to be on college campuses," Hinrich joked. "It was just a bad decision. We just were trying to find a place to eat and we went to the wrong part of town I guess. But it was cool. It was just a little much."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5