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Stellar D will buoy the Bulls

Sunday's defense-powered rout of Memphis was a Thibodeau special

Updated: January 2, 2012, 1:13 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Brian Scalabrine chant started up especially early in the Chicago Bulls' home opener Sunday night, the defending Eastern Conference runner-ups ringing in the new year with the sort of lopsided smackaround that has a crowd looking for other forms of amusement.

Apparently, sound defense, lively ball movement and solid rebounding have come to be expected at the United Center, all of which were evident in spades in a 104-64 Bulls victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

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