The Bulls had this game in the bag as soon as tip-off occurred in the first quarter. Seriously, the Atlanta Hawks were not interested in this game at all. The score (97-58) clearly proves that the Bulls came to win and the Hawks were just trying to hurry up and get back on the bus. The Atlanta Hawks only scored 5 points in the second quarter. The Chicago Bulls set a record of allowing the fewest points in regulation, only allowing the Hawks to score 58 points. The Hawks were at best, just awful. They only shot 29.3% from the field against the Bulls.
Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng led the Bulls to the victory. Boozer has 8 double-doubles in his last 9 games, scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds in 32 minutes of playing time. Deng contributed 18 points and still played the most minutes despite the game being a blowout. Everyone on the Bulls team scored except for Vladimir Radmanovic and rookie Marquis Teague, who only played a total of 10 minutes. Even new addition, Daequan Cook, had 6 points by hitting two 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter. The Bulls were absolutely dominant on the boards with 59 rebounds (44 defensive) and 13 blocks, 5 of the blocks coming from Taj Gibson. Gibson also had a SportsCenter worthy dunk that had everyone in the United Center jumping out of their seats.
The Chicago Bulls are now 11-10 at home and have an overall record of 21-15. On Wednesday, the Bulls will head to Toronto to face the Raptors at 7pm ET at the Air Canada Centre.
Derrick Rose was seen at shootaround during pre game. He was working on his jumpers, floaters, and 3-point shots. He’s obviously not 100% just yet, but he is showing signs of tremendous progression. Rose is expected to return after the All-Star festivities, preferably a home game.
Taj Gibson Dunk