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Rapid Reaction: Bulls 97, Celtics 81

CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls rolled past the Boston Celtics for a 97-81 win on Thursday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Derrick Rose scored 30 points while Luol Deng chipped in 23. The Bulls matched the Celtics' intensity early and kept their defensive pressure up the whole night. Tom Thibodeau has to be pleased with the way his team scrapped all night on the defensive end and kept the Celtics under control in the post.

What it means: For the Bulls, they're now just one win from clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. (They can also clinch if Boston loses one game.) This game should give them an extra jolt of confidence as they head into the playoffs considering they may see the Celtics again in a few weeks. In the grand scheme of things though, this game really doesn't mean much for either team. The Bulls still have to prove they can knock off the Celtics in a seven-game series and Thibodeau and his players know that.

Stats of the night: The Bulls outscored the Celtics 44-22 in the paint.

What's next: The Bulls are right back at it on Friday night as they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. They'll be looking for their sixth win in a row.