Rapid Reaction: Bulls 83, Pistons 71
March, 30, 2012
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a win over the Detroit Pistons -- their 14th straight -- 83-71 on Friday night at the United Center.
How it happened: Playing without Derrick Rose (groin) and Rip Hamilton (shoulder) yet again, the rest of the Bulls' stars led the way on this night. Luol Deng had 20 points and nine rebounds, Joakim Noah added 19 points and 12 rebounds while Carlos Boozer added 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Bulls offense didn't have much rhythm in the game, but the defense was solid when it had to be.
What it means: Whenever the Bulls pick up a victory without Rose they should feel good. They didn't play particularly well on this night, but they found a way to win and that has been a hallmark of Tom Thibodeau's team for the past two seasons. The Pistons shot just 37 percent from the field and struggled to get clean looks at the rim. That's a credit to the plan the Bulls had in place. They didn't have a lot of offensive firepower but they played solid defense most of the night, especially towards the end of the game.
Stats of the night: The Bulls out-rebounded the Pistons 53-37.
Bold play of the game: With his team leading by 10 points and just under a minute remaining, Noah drove down the side of the paint and stuffed home a major dunk over Pistons big man Jason Maxiell.
What's next: The Bulls have a showdown against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon. With the way Derrick Rose looked before Friday night's game, it's hard to believe that he will be able to play.