Rapid Reaction: Nuggets 108, Bulls 91

March, 26, 2012
3/26/12
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Denver Nuggets earned an impressive 108-91 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night at the United Center.

How it happened: C.J. Watson scored 17 points and dished out eight assists, but it wasn't enough as the Bulls got blown out of their own building. Denver guards Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo combined for 49 points and controlled the tempo most of the night. John Lucas III had a solid night off the bench, scoring 14 points, but the Bulls made too many mistakes to pick up the win.

What it means: The Bulls could have used Derrick Rose in this one, but even he may not have made the difference. The Bulls were simply out-worked for most of the night. Tom Thibodeau wasn't happy with the way his team performed the past two games against the Toronto Raptors and he certainly won't be pleased with the effort the Bulls showed in this one. Joakim Noah and Luol Deng combined for just 11 points and didn't have much of an impact on the game. What has to be more disconcerting for Thibodeau is the fact that his team continues to play poor defense. Solid defense and rebounding have been bedrocks of Thibodeau's tenure in Chicago and both were problem areas for the Bulls on Monday night.

Stats of the night: The Nuggets outscored the Bulls 54-24 in the paint. The Nuggets out-rebounded the Bulls 45-32.

Bold play of the game: The Nuggets absolutely dominated the Bulls in the second half, outscoring them 54-39 .The Nuggets played with more fire and ran Thibodeau's team up and down the floor.

What's next: The Bulls hope to get back on track Wednesday night when they take on the Atlanta Hawks.

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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
20.2 3.2 1.7 38.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.8
AssistsD. Rose 5.0
StealsJ. Butler 1.7
BlocksP. Gasol 2.0