The Bulls were able to come back in a strong way a couple of nights after blowing a 27 point lead against the Milwaukee Bucks to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 101-78. The Bulls pull to an even 7-7 on the year and 4-4 at home while the Mavericks fall to a mediocre 7-9 and continue to struggle in the absence of Dirk Nowitzki.
This was a much needed win to help build up team confidence after struggling late in Monday night ‘s game to give the Bucks a win in a game the Bulls had total control of. This was a game more like the Bulls of recent years as it was a complete team effort with both the starters and bench contributing offensively and playing that stout defense Tom Thibodeau has instilled in the Bulls. The Bulls held the Mavericks to 34.6% (28-81) shooting from the floor including 22.2% (4-18) from behind the three point line; these low percentages can be contributed to both an off shooting night and the Bulls playing their signature defense of recent years. This is the type of game the Bulls are going to have to play to win in the absence of their superstar. The Bulls just need to take advantage when they are sent to the free throw line as they did tonight shooting at a clip of 81.8% and also limit the number of threes they take because they are not a great outside shooting team and they only took ten tonight out of sixty nine total shots, making six of them.
The Bulls were led by Luol Deng who had 22 points and added 6 rebounds to the stat line and Joakim Noah who posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Another big contributor to the Bulls victory was their bench who had a combined 50 of the teams 101 points including three players in double figures; Nate Robinson had 14 points and led the team in assists with 6, then Jimmy Butler had 13 points and Marco Bellinelli had 11 points. Taj Gibson also had a solid game with 8 points to go along with 8 rebounds and he needs to start stepping up in the absence of Derrick Rose and show the capability to be mentioned in the sixth man of the year race as he has before, the 6.6 point and 4.5 rebound per game average is just not the production they expected or need to be a successful team in Rose’s absence.
This was a great effort and team performance by the Bulls and it shows that they are playing by the motto of “one game at a time” as they showed short-term memory from their loss to the Bucks on Monday and moved on to focus on the next game. This was the best all-around game from the Bulls I have seen thus far this season as both the bench and the starters, even though it was a blowout, played both sides of the ball well and the defensive effort was great for all four quarters this game instead of letting up late.
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