Rapid Reaction: Bulls 117, Nuggets 89

February, 21, 2014
Feb 21
9:49
PM CT
Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls cruised to a 117-89 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night at the United Center.

How it happened: D.J. Augustin had another big night for the Bulls, going off for 22 points, eight assists and five rebounds as Chicago earned one of its easiest victories of the season. Tony Snell added 20 points while Joakim Noah rattled off 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Randy Foye led the Nuggets with 23 points but it wasn't enough for a Denver team that got beat up the floor all night. The Bulls have now won five games in a row.

What it means: The Bulls' offense was clicking on all cylinders in this one. They set the tone early and kept rolling most of the night. Noah and Augustin continue to lead the way, but it's the play of Snell that has to please Tom Thibodeau the most right now. He was much more assertive -- a characteristic that he may need to show more given that Jimmy Butler injured his ribs late in the first quarter and never returned. If Snell keeps showing he can shoot like this, it won't be as tough of a transition if Butler is out for an extended amount of time.

Hits: Taj Gibson chipped in with another double-double -- 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Misses: Carlos Boozer was just 4-for-14 from the field.

Stat of the night: The Bulls shot 50 percent from the field and 58.8 percent from the 3-point line.

What's next: The Bulls square off against the Miami Heat on Sunday afternoon.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
21.6 3.4 1.5 40.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.5
AssistsD. Rose 5.0
StealsJ. Butler 1.5
BlocksP. Gasol 2.0