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Rapid Reaction: Bulls 93, Kings 87

11/1/2012

CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 93-87 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Joakim Noah scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 40 minutes to propel the Bulls to the their first win of the season. Richard Hamilton added 19 points while Carlos Boozer chipped in 18 points and eight rebounds. The Bulls did just enough to lock the game up down the stretch. They have a lot of room for improvement, but it has to be good for the Bulls' collective confidence to win their first regular-season game this year without Derrick Rose.

What it means: The Bulls won this game the same way they are going to win most games without Rose. They played hard throughout the night and played solid defense. It's the Tom Thibodeau way since he came to Chicago and it was on full display again Wednesday night. They grinded this one out and made stops when they had to. Noah set the tone early with energy and seemed amped throughout the night. Hamilton found an early rhythm and Boozer came through with several big buckets in the final 12 minutes. The Bulls still don't have a clear go-to guy without Rose, but if they continue to play as a group like they did against the Kings, they will win plenty of games this season.

Stat of the night: Noah had a career-high five steals.

Hits: The Bulls were aggressive throughout the night -- to the tune of 19 second-chance points. They scored 25 points off of 21 Kings turnovers.

Misses: Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich combined to go just 4-for-20 from the floor for 10 points.

What's next: The Bulls will practice Thursday before heading to Cleveland. They face the Cavs on Friday night.