On November 3rd, the New Orleans Hornets came into the United Center and beat the Chicago Bulls, 89-82. So Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls were looking to do the same thing down in the New Orleans Arena last night. The Bulls came out strong as Kirk Hinrich returned to his starting position after having an infection in his elbow. Hinrich was definitely needed at the point guard position to control the pace of the game and provide stable defense for the Bulls. Nate Robinson at the position scored a lot for the Bulls, but his lack of decision-making skills added to the troubles the Bulls were having.
Joakim Noah and Luol Deng both played well after representing the Chicago Bulls in the 2013 NBA All Star Game. Noah had another double-double with 15 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks in 38 minutes of playing time. Luol Deng finished with 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists in 35 minutes. Deng shot 53% (7/13) from the field. Carlos Boozer had fresh legs after the extra long weekend. He also had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. The Bulls bench had 32 points, collectively. The Bulls also out rebounded the New Orleans Hornets, 47-39.
This wasn’t a pretty game at all, but the Chicago Bulls got the job done. Surely, Coach Tom Thibodeau will have a whole list of things the Bulls will have to improve on before facing the Miami Heat on Thursday evening. Chicago split the series vs the Hornets 1-1 as the win, 96-87.