- Nick Friedell, ESPN Staff Writer
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How it happened: Marc Gasol had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Zach Randolph had 10 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Grizzlies. Taj Gibson had 18 points to lead the Bulls, but they couldn't make shots down the stretch and it cost them.
What it means: This game unfolded exactly as expected. It was a tough, hard-fought battle full of defense and missed shots. The difference was that the Grizzlies made plays when they had to and stuffed the Bulls defensively when they needed stops. The Bulls offense stalled and, unlike in games in the past few weeks, it had no answers. They couldn't hit shots from the outside and couldn't penetrate on the inside when they needed to because of Memphis' solid interior defense. The Bulls didn't score in the final 3:15 of regulation.
Hits: Joakim Noah had 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but he had several costly turnovers as well.
Misses: Mike Dunleavy was 2-for-10 from the field.
Stat of the night: The Bulls went 2-for-13 from beyond the arc.
What's next: The Bulls have a showdown against the Miami Heat on Sunday afternoon.
2dMatt Walks, ESPN.com
2dJason McCallum, ESPN Stats & Info