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Bulls vs. Nets final score: Chicago wins by 18 points behind Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol

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The Bulls play the Mavericks on Tuesday after finishing the Circus Trip over .500 at 4-3.

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The Bulls put it together on both ends of the court during a 102-84 win over Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon.  The win means the Bulls end the Circus Trip at  4-3, just the second time they've finished over .500 on the road trip since the end of the Jordan dynasty. It was the third straight game the Bulls have scored over 100 points.

It was nice to see the defense round back in form after allowing way too many easy looks on Friday against Boston. The Nets shot only 37.2 percent from the floor and made just two of the 14 three-pointers they attempted.

The Bulls were challenging shots (two more blocks for Pau) and owning the glass. The Bulls haven't been as good on the glass in this young season as they typically are (entering No. 20 in rebounding percentage) but Gasol, Joakim Noah and Nikola Mirotic each finished in double figures to give the Bulls a 50-34 advantage there.

The Bulls were getting run-outs and turning defense into offense the entire night. They finished with a 27-8 edge in fast break points. Derrick Rose has a way of helping this team push the pace.

Rose played for the fourth game in a row but wasn't as aggressive as he was against the Celtics. After putting scoring 20 or more for the fourth time this season in Boston, Rose finished with 14 points, six rebounds and two assists on 5-of-12 shooting. For the most part, Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol were carrying the offense.

Butler has been incredible, and each passing game offers more evidence that this level of production from him should be somewhat sustainable. He finished with a game-high 26 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go along with five assists and four rebounds. Brooklyn couldn't keep him off the line, as Butler went 11-of-13 on free throws. He was scoring in transitions, finishing cuts, finding open shooters and turning broken possessions into free throws. It was the eight time in nine games he's scoring 20 or more.

Gasol was great, too. Pau went 9-of-12 from the field to finish with 25 points and 13 rebounds. With Noah struggling, the Bulls needed a big game from Gasol and he came through. Brook Lopez and Kevin Garnett couldn't stop him.

The time Nikola Mirotic is getting now is only going to pay off more down the line. While Mirotic still didn't look completely comfortable, he did finish with 12 points and 12 rebounds in 27 minutes. The Bulls will take that type of production from him every time.

It always seems like there's a lot of negativity floating around the Bulls, between the constant injuries and the daily inspections into Rose's psyche. These last two games were a really nice way to end the road trip, though. This offense is just so much better than it has been the last few seasons. On Sunday, the Bulls reminded you they can still play defense, too. It's only going to get better when Taj Gibson comes back.

The next month features games against the Mavericks, Warriors, Grizzlies, Trail Blazers, Wizards and Raptors. If everyone is able to stay in one piece, it'll be a good opportunity to judge the Bulls against some future playoff squads.