Monday, January 17, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 96, Grizzlies 84
By Nick Friedell
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls pushed past the Memphis Grizzlies 96-84 on Monday afternoon at FedEx Forum.
How it happened: Derrick Rose went off for the first triple-double of his career, racking up 22 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Kyle Korver had another big game game hitting six three-pointers and finishing with 22 points. Luol Deng added 28 points of his own as the Bulls won their third game in a row. The big key for the Bulls was that their defense was strong for most of the day. The Grizzlies struggled to find their range, shooting just 38 percent from the field.
What it means: Rose wasn't sure how his team would fare without Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah on the floor, but he was confident they would figure it out. They did. He picked up his first triple-double, and the defense was on point most of the day. With Rose on the floor, the Bulls have the chance to win any game they play no matter who is playing.
Stat of the day: The Bulls were 11-for-23 from behind the arc. The Grizzlies were just 1-for-7.
What's next: The Bulls finish off a four-games-in-five-nights stretch Tuesday night when they host the Charlotte Bobcats. After so many games in a row, and without Noah and possibly Boozer again, it will be interesting to see how much gas Tom Thibodeau's team has left in the tank.