For a change, the Chicago Bulls started off strong and kept the intensity outscoring the Charlotte Bobcats in every quarter. Finally, they did not play down to their competition. The Bulls had great ball movement, while only having 6 turnovers, compared to 27 turnovers against the Miami Heat. From 42 field goals made, the Bulls had 37 team assists. They also shot over 50% from the field and held the Bobcats to just 33% shooting from the field. Eight Bulls players had double figures in the 105-75 victory. Joakim Noah, again, nearly had a triple double with 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. Carlos Boozer had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Taj Gibson had a big game, coming off the bench to score 17 points and 6 rebounds. Chicago got any shot they wanted in the paint, scoring 52 points near the basket. This was a game where the Bulls were clicking on all cylinders and also where the Bobcats simply could not get any offensive rhythm going.
Kirk Hinrich sat out against the Bobcats with a nagging elbow injury. This was a good win for the Bulls, but they have a lot of preparation ahead of them because on Sunday night they will face the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second best team in the West will be hosting the Bulls. Their defense must be strong and not let up against Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Bulls are only a half game back from the 4th spot currently held by the Brooklyn Nets.