The Bulls defeated the Boston Celtics in overtime in a game that neither team could take control of. In the OT, the Bulls outscored Boston, 10-5 for the 109-104 win. Gasol’s line: 29 points, 16 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Gasol could be an All-Star with a few more games like that.
This win came despite the loss of Jimmy Butler (bereavement leave) and Mike Dunleavy (ankle), both starters for the Bulls. Boston got a great effort second half effort from Evan Turner who scored 29 points, 24 after half-time. Turner was 12-22 from the floor. When he gets hot, he can make some scintillating shots.
Nikola Mirotic started in place of Dunleavy and scored 10 points. Aaron Brooks came off the bench and contributed 19 points. Joakim Noah had 8 points and 10 rebounds. Chicago had 59 rebounds, and had a 24-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. The team made 29-40 free-throw attempts. Boston went to the line only 11 times. Chicago won despite the Celts’ shooting 45% from the floor. The Bulls were 37% in made FG’s.
Derrick Rose had another off shooting game, going 5-18 from the field. He scored 12 points. Although no one close to the team will admit it, it may be possible that Rose has hit a “wall” in his long awaited return to NBA play. He’s missed nearly two seasons of games, and it could be that his steady minutes are catching up to him. He doesn’t appear injured. If he is, it will eventually come to light. The Bulls have been able to win in spite of Rose shooting 24% the last 4 games.
Chicago improves to 10-6 at home.