Chicago Bulls Avoid The Naughty List As They Gain A Win On Christmas

Credit: Sports Net

Credit: Sports Net

On Christmas, Taj Gibson led the Chicago Bulls over the Brooklyn Nets with a 95-78 win in the Barclay Center. Gibson, from off the bench, contributed 20 points and 8 rebounds in just 28 minutes of playing time. The game was close as the Bulls led the Nets into halftime with a score of 41-38. In recent times, this was one rare game where the Bulls looked comfortable and more fluid on offense. After the halftime, the Chicago Bulls went on 13-0 run in the 3rd quarter. Usually, they tend to struggle during the beginning of the 2nd half, but the Bulls came out strong to gain a big lead. The Bulls scored 36 points in just the 3rd quarter and held the Brooklyn Nets to just 20.

Overall, the Chicago Bulls shot 48.6% from the field. The Nets struggled to get their offense to gain any rhythm and only shot 35% from the floor. In the paint, the Bulls were able to score 44 of their 95 points near the basket. This was a big factor due to Brooklyn Nets not having their rim-protector, Brook Lopez. Lopez is out for the season with a broken foot.

Jimmy Butler is bouncing back well after being out with a turf toe injury. Butler is knocking off the rust ,offensively, by scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. He shot 40% from the field and also contributed 4 assists. Butler was great on defense, which was much needed since the Bulls haven’t been themselves on the defensive end. Overall, the Bulls shot 90% from the free throw line. The Bulls out-rebounded the Nets and scored 16 points on fast breaks while the Nets didn’t do much running, only scoring points on fast breaks.

Maybe this is a beginning of the Chicago Bulls getting into a rhythm on offense. They’ve won their last two games, winning only 3 in their last 10. Chicago is now 11-16 and currently sitting in the 9th spot in the Eastern Conference.

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