Friday, November 8, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 97, Jazz 73
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls cruised to a 97-73 win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night at the United Center.
How it happened: Luol Deng had a big night, scoring 19 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 9 assists, as the Bulls rolled to a much-needed win over a bad team. Carlos Boozer added 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Joakim Noah chipped in with 14 points and 8 rebounds.
What it means: The Bulls didn't play very well, even in victory. They were careless with the ball and sloppy in their sets, especially in the first half. Coach Tom Thibodeau talked before the game about how he wanted his team to focus on improvement in execution; the Bulls have a long way to go. The offense still looks stagnant at times and players appear to be unsure of where they need to be on the floor. Obviously, the Bulls are just five games into the season and still have plenty of time to grow, but Thibodeau can't be happy with the way his team played in this game.
Hits: The Bulls outscored the Jazz 56-22 in the paint.
Misses: Jimmy Butler is still trying to find a rhythm offensively. He scored five points and took just five shots.
Stat of the night: The Bulls had 16 turnovers in the first half -- 20 for the game.
What's next: The Bulls face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night at the United Center.