How it happened: For the second time in just over two weeks, the Bulls crushed the Bucks. Joakim Noah recorded the first triple-double of his career, scoring 13 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists. Carlos Boozer added 20 points, while Luol Deng and Derrick Rose combined for 32 points. Coach Tom Thibodeau spoke before the game about how he wanted his team to finish strong heading into the All-Star break and that's exactly what they did. The Bulls were balanced and continually found open looks for one another throughout the game.
What it means: This was the way Thibodeau wanted his team to go into the break. They dominated an injury-plagued Milwaukee team and did it in style. Noah played his most complete game of the season, and the Bulls clearly enjoyed playing with Rose for the second consecutive game. What might get lost in the shuffle of this one is the fact that Ronnie Brewer had another solid showing and is finding his offensive rhythm again, finishing with 15 points. Another positive sign for the Bulls is the fact that Rose only played 30 minutes. He noted before the game that his back would be an issue the rest of the season. Whenever Thibodeau has a chance to give him the fourth quarter off, that's a great sign for the Bulls. Boozer played well once again, taking advantage of the fact that the Bucks struggled to guard him. The Bulls should feel great heading into the break knowing that they are playing as well as almost anyone in the NBA right now.
Stats of the night: The Bulls out-rebounded the Bucks 49-29. The Bulls had 32 assists, while the Bucks had 20.
What's next: The Bulls play the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night. They head into the All-Star break with a 27-8 record. Rose, Deng and Thibodeau will represent the Eastern Conference All-Stars Sunday night in Orlando at the All-Star Game.