Rapid Reaction: Bulls 113, Warriors 95
March, 16, 2013
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls cruised to a surprisingly easy 113-95 win over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night at Oracle Arena.
How it happened: Every Bulls starter scored in double figures as Carlos Boozer led the way with 21 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals. Joakim Noah had another big night, scoring 16 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Luol Deng added 23 points and six rebounds while Nate Robinson had 20 points and seven assists as the Bulls picked up a win they desperately needed.
What it means: It's hard to believe this is the same Bulls team that lost to the Sacramento Kings by 42 points on Wednesday night. Tom Thibodeau's bunch played with the type of edge -- and offensive efficiency -- that they've been sorely lacking recently. The Bulls controlled the tempo throughout the second half, playing the type of solid defense that has become their identity under Thibodeau. The Bulls showed heart and determination after being embarrassed against the Kings and gave themselves the confidence that has been missing over the last few weeks. This is a solid win for a tired team on the end of a West coast trip. Thibodeau trusted that his players could find a way and that's what they did Friday night.
Hits: The Bulls shot percent 51.6 percent from the field. They were 8-for-16 from 3-point range.
Misses: Stephen Curry was just 2-for-13 from the field.
Stat of the night: The Warriors were 3-for-14 from beyond the arc.
What's next: The Bulls head back to Chicago Saturday morning. They face off against the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.