Chicago Bulls Rise Again: No Boozer? No Noah? No Problem

January 20th, 2011 by Rami Abboud Leave a reply »
The shorthanded Chicago Bulls defeated the Dallas Mavericks 82-77 on Thursday night in the United Center. 

It was the third straight game without their main low-post weapon, Carlos Boozer—compounding the woes of the missing Joakim Noah.  But Derrick Rose led the Bulls to their second victory in those last three games despite the lack of front-court depth.

Former Bulls center, Tyson Chandler, had a nice outing for the Mavs, contributing 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.  He and Nowitzki turned a nine-point halftime deficit into a four-point lead heading into the final 12 minutes, after holding the Bulls to a season-low 12 points in the third quarter. 

Then there was the fourth quarter...

Derrick Rose scored 10 points in the final period to lead the Bulls back and help put Dallas away for good.  He finished with 26 points despite a sub-par 9-of-28 shooting night from the field. 

However, it was the Bulls’ rebounding that ultimately made the difference in the game.  Despite missing Noah and Boozer, Chicago pounded Dallas on the boards (51-41), led by ...

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