Rapid Reaction: Bulls 91, Sixers 81

March, 22, 2014
Mar 22
9:28
PM CT
Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 91-81 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Joakim Noah had another big game for the Bulls, scoring 20 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out four assists. Jimmy Butler added 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Bulls closed this one out down the stretch. Thaddeus Young had 28 points to lead the Sixers, but their struggles from beyond the arc cost them in this loss -- their 24th in a row.

What it means: The Bulls didn't play well Saturday, but they did what good teams do: They found a way to win. They hit big shots in the final few minutes and locked up the Sixers defensively. On the second night of a back-to-back set, at the end of a long regular season, they'll take it. Noah continues to be the leader for a Bulls team when it needs to make a play late. Out of all the elements of his game that have improved this season, that might be the biggest. He enjoys the pressure situations and thrives in them. Now, the Bulls have to get set for another showdown against the Indiana Pacers, a team that just beat them on Friday night.

Hits: D.J. Augustin had another solid game off the bench, scoring 16 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out six assists.

Misses: Mike Dunleavy and Kirk Hinrich were a combined 5-for-17 from the field.

Stat of the night: The Sixers were 1-for-20 from beyond the arc.

What's next: The Bulls host the Pacers on Monday night.

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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
Taj Gibson
PTS AST STL MIN
22.0 1.0 1.0 28.0
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.0
AssistsA. Brooks 6.0
StealsD. Rose 2.0
BlocksJ. Noah 3.0