Saturday, January 11, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 103, Bobcats 97
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 103-97 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night at the United Center.
How it happened: D.J. Augustin led the Bulls with 20 points and 12 assists, while Joakim Noah had another big night, going off for 19 points, 14 rebounds and four assists. Mike Dunleavy added 17 points and six rebounds as the Bulls played one of their most offensively balanced games of the season. Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with 30 points, but it wasn't enough to beat a Bulls team that has now won five games in a row.
What it means: The Bulls built up a 15-point lead in this one and almost gave it back. The reason they didn't is they played with the type of balance that Tom Thibodeau has been hoping to see for weeks. They made the extra pass and found each other looks down the stretch. With the Luol Deng trade still hovering over their heads, the Bulls have put together one of their best runs of the season in that they continue to win in different ways. On this night, it was the offensive rhythm that made the difference.
Hits: Playing in his first contest as a Bull, Cartier Martin looked impressive in 26 minutes, scoring 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting.
Misses: Tony Snell started the game but missed the only two shots he took in 17 minutes.
Stat of the night: The Bulls had seven players in double figures.
What's next: The Bulls take on the Washington Wizards on Monday night.