The Bulls did a great job containing Paul George, offensively. George went for 3/14 and only contributed 12 points to his team. Roy Hibbert was the only starter who had a decent shooting night, with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers never led in the game and for the most part, seemed to be going through the motions. Not until late into the 2nd half did the Pacers make a run, but the Bulls did a good job withstanding it. Indiana was held to 40% shooting and was out rebounded 42-37. One great sign for the Bulls is that they were able to score easily in the paint with 46 points near the basket. Offensively, Chicago shot 50.6% from the field (57.9% 3-point line).
Derrick Rose looked good after sitting during the previous game with a minor hamstring injury. Rose tied his record of most 3s with 6 from the outside. Overall, he shot 7/16 from the field. He finished with 20 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. Luol Deng and Taj Gibson also shined on the court along side Rose.Lately, Taj Gibson has really shown improvements with a more consistent jumper and he’s been a problem for opponents, defensively, in the paint. With Boozer being a close mention, Taj has been the most consistent from game to game on this Bulls team. Gibson finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. Luol Deng led the Bulls last night with 23 points and 7 rebounds in 32 minutes of playing time. Deng shot 8/14 (57%) from the field and he looked aggressive on offensive, always looking to attack the rim.
Joakim and the Bulls looked to prove to Paul George that the Bulls are also a force to be reckoned with after Paul George made a statement questioning the Bulls relevancy in the East and saying the Bulls haven’t really mattered since the Jordan era. Don’t think for a minute that Chicago was going to forget about that and played in a style to prove Paul George wrong in their 110-94 win. Throughout this season, it’s gonna be a battle to see what team can top the East in the end.
Chicago will face the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday in the United Center (8pm ET). The Bulls are now 4-0 at home.