Chicago played with energy, desire and minus the 21 turnovers, had a very good game on the road in defeating the Mavericks 102-98. Chicago is now 29-16 and returns home to play the Miami Heat on Sunday.
Derrick Rose scored 20 points but his biggest play of the game was snaring a loose ball in the closing seconds to gain possession and the Bulls held on. Pau Gasol was fouled with .1 second left and made both FT’s, and the Bulls won a close game that they had led by 11 points.
Rose scored 20 points, most of which came in the first half. Jimmy Butler also had 20, 10 coming in the third quarter. Pau Gasol had 13 points and 16 boards, Taj Gibson played great in the low post bagging 15 ponts and 7 rebounds .And, Tony Snell, had 10 points and made two big treys. Kirk Hinirich chipped in with 8 points.
Joakim Noah returned to the lineup and played well. He had good energy, and made some great passes. He had 7 rebounds and 6 points in 23 minutes.
Chicago shot 49% and made 9 of 16 three point shots. Rose was 3-5 from long-distance. The baskets he made were long and high arching.
Dirk had 24 to lead the Mavs. Chandler Parsons had 19 and Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 12 boards.
The Bulls held Rajon Rondo to 6 points and he was on the bench in the final minutes of the game.
The Bulls had a 47-30 rebounding advantage and that was one of the key reasons, the Bulls won.
Rose came up with the lose ball and fired it to Hinrich who passed it to Gasol in the final second.
The Bulls played without F Mike Dunleavy who missed his 12th game. He could return to the starting lineup soon.