So much for his shooting slump.
The Boston Celtics shot 60% in the first half against the Bulls, a trend that has been developing of late.
However, The Bulls tightened up their defense and Derrick Rose hit some timely three-pointers in the 4th quarter to pull away from Boston.
Chicago had lost two in a row, and four of their last five games. The win came courtesy of Rose’s 29 points (20 scored in the 2nd half), Jimmy Butler scoring 22, and Pau Gasol’s double-double, 20 points and 11 boards. Aaron Brooks had 15 points.
Chicago hit nearly 54% of its shots (27-41 in the 2nd half), a high number for a road game. The team’s 27 assists were also impressive playing on the road. Rose had a fine floor game with 10 assists. The offense was able to function well despite the absence of cornerstone center Joakim Noah, the fiery rebounder and low post defender. Noah is out with a high ankle sprain.
Jared Sullinger scored 20 points had had 8 rebounds for Boston. Kelly Olynyk had 14 points and 9 boards.
Chicago has demonstrated it can score points, but also it has allowed teams to almost score at will. That is not Bulls basketball. Coach Tom Thibodeau has been stressing that the team has to turn up the intensity on the defensive end. They will have an opportunity to do that with some tough road tests coming up.