Chicago came home after a two week 6 game road trip to play the Sacramento Kings and defeated them as three Bulls hit more than 20 points, 104-86. Pau Gasol continued his All-Star season with his 13th straight double-double, two off franchise leader, Michael Jordan who had 15 in the ’88-89 season. Gasol’s 34 double-doubles lead the League. The Bulls had a breakout game from 2nd year G-F Tony Snell who scored a career high 24 points on 9 for 11 shooting, including 4 of 6 long distance shots. Derrick Rose had a hot shooting night as well, scoring 23 points on 10 for 17 attempts. Chicago shot 51.5% for the game, one of the best outings of the season.
Forward Mike Dunleavy returned to action and was rusty after missing over a month of not playing. Jimmy Butler aggravated a right shoulder strain and did not play in the second half. His status is not known for Thursday’s game in Cleveland.
The Bulls (33-20) showed signs of the kind of offense this team can generate. The team had 26 assists and won convincingly despite being out-rebounded 45-33. Chicago won the turnover margin with a +6 for the game (13-7). The Bulls went on a 23-8 run in the third quarter that broke open the game.
Chicago moved the ball well and found the open man who made his shot. Gasol, Snell, and Rose nearly shot 70% for the game, and when you are that hot, it usually translates to a win.
Butler’s injury might prevent him from playing against Cleveland. It is hoped he could play in his first All-Star game appearance this Sunday in NYC.
The Kings (18-33) were lead by Rudy Gay’s 24 points. DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points in the game.