The Bulls shot 53 percent from the field and had 35 assists. They did seemingly anything they wanted on this end of the floor in one of their most dominating performances this season. Carlos Boozer played his best game in weeks, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. In the process, he took a lot of pressure off Derrick Rose's shoulders and helped balance the offense.
From beginning to end, this was one of the Bulls' best defensive efforts of the year. They punched the Hawks in the mouth and didn't allow them to get any offensive rhythm. Al Horford and Jamal Crawford combined to go just 4-for-20 from the field as Atlanta shot just 37 percent. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau will still find ways his team can improve in this area, but not many.
Taj Gibson had another big game and Omer Asik and Kyle Korver provided solid minutes throughout the night. The real key for the Bulls was that they didn't even really need to lean on this group as much because of how well Rose, Boozer, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah played.
Rose scored 19 points, had 12 assists and missed just six shots. If Thibodeau could draw it up, this would probably be the way he'd want him to play every night. Rose's defense was better and he got all of his teammates involved on offense. Aside from his three turnovers, Rose played another very solid all-around game.