Rapid Reaction: Bulls 85, Hornets 77
March, 7, 2011
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls picked up another win, 85-77 over the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night at the United Center.
How it happened: Derrick Rose had 23 points and made several clutch plays in the second half yet again. Carlos Boozer made his presence felt for the first time in a couple weeks, scoring 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds while Ronnie Brewer added 10 points off the bench. This wasn't the prettiest game in the world by any stretch, but the Bulls will take the win.
What it means: The Bulls took another step in their progression on Monday night. Playing against a Hornets team that didn't have Chris Paul, Rose and company wore them down in the second half and ramped up the defensive pressure. It's the same strategy they've used in the last three games and it's worked to perfection. In this case, the Bulls picked up a win in the second night of a back-to-back after an emotional victory over the Heat on Sunday afternoon. Earlier in the season, this may have been a game they would have dropped -- but not anymore.
Stat of the night: The Hornets did not score in the game’s final 3:18.
What's next: The Bulls travel to Charlotte on Tuesday and face off with the Bobcats on Wednesday night. They'll be looking for their 11th win in 13 games.