Mar 19, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts to a foul call during the first quarter against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Chicago defeated Orlando 85-59. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Thibodeau Wins 100th as Bulls Destroy Magic 85-59

Bulls 85, Magic 59 — FINAL

Tom Thibodeau became the fastest coach to 100 wins on Monday and he couldn’t have done it in more impressive fashion. The Bulls not only won on the road against one of the Eastern Conference’s better teams, they held them under 60 points without Derrick Rose.

Carlos Boozer scored 24 and rebounded 13 in a 85-59 blowout win. (Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE)

It was all Thibodeau on Monday because Chicago was all defense. Dwight Howard was the only Magic to score more then ten points and Ryan Anderson was the only other player for Orlando to hit double digits.

“It was fitting because they kicked our butt in Chicago, (and) got a big win,” Carlos Boozer. “For us to come back and do this … it’s a big win for us.”

Boozer also stated the obvious when he said it was all about the defense. The Bulls held the molten hot Magic three point shooters to just four buckets beyond the arc on twenty shots. The Magic weren’t much better from the field hitting just over 35 percent of their shots from there.

Chicago out rebounded the Magic 48-38 with Boozer single handedly out rebounding Dwight Howard, a feat that’s rarely accomplished by even a consistent player. Boozer has been largely bi-polar in production this year but it’s nights like the one he had on Monday that get Bulls fans amped for what he’s capable of.

Boozer went for 24 points and 13 rebounds, all of which were defensive boards he grabbed from Howard and Anderson. Anderson struggled mightily down low against Boozer, a weakness the Bulls exploited to the fullest extent.

But another Bull that showed up was John Lucas III. After two mediocre performances against the Blazers and Sixers, Lucas returned to the level he was on against the Heat mid last week going for 20 points with the Bulls being plus-25 with him on the hardwood.

“We had a lot a of guys step up,” Thibodeau said. “We caught a break. They played last night in a tough game. We’re fresh, so we had an advantage there and they missed some shots they normally make.”

Bu as impressive of a defensive win it was for the Bulls holding the Magic under 60, the story should be Tom Thibodeau. He’s the fastest coach to 100 wins, accomplishing the feat in just his second season as a head coach. After getting the Bulls to 62 wins in 82 games last year, he has gotten the Bulls to 38 in just 48 and Chicago is still going strong.

But Thibodeau has made his name as a defensive mastermind. The fact that the Bulls got Thibodeau his 100th win in the abusive defensive fashion they did is only fitting.

“He puts the work in and the time in and it shows,” John Lucas said. “He’s still a student of the game of basketball and he’s always learning something. … When you have a coach like that, you’re going to be successful.”

The Bulls get to relax even more with back-to-back games against the Toronto Raptors. While it’s Thib’s night, the story around Chicago will be when Derrick Rose comes back and how long the Bulls can survive being schizophrenic without him.

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 3/21

 @Raptors

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 WCIU

 3/24

 Vs. Raptors

 7pm

 WGN

 3/26

 Vs. Nuggets

 7pm

 CSN-C

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