The Bulls committed 20 turnovers and threw away a chance to win an important road game. It just didn’t happen.
With that being said Jimmy Butler came to play. He had 30 points. Joakim Noah had his game face on. He scored 10 and had 14 boards. Sixth man, Taj Gibson had 15 points and 9 rebounds. Pau Gasol had his consecutive double-double streak stopped when he scored 12 points but grabbed only 8 rebounds.
Instead, it was the front court of Detroit that outplayed the Bulls. Andre Drummond had a huge night, scoring 18 points and hauling in 20 rebounds. Greg Monroe and F Caron Butler both scored 20 points each.
Derrick Rose had a tough time getting in sync due to the play of rookie Spencer Dinwiddie, who was supposed to be playing in Grand Rapids in the D League according to his coach Stan Van Gundy.
“Now he’s starting against Derrick Rose, that’s a pretty big difference,” Van Gundy said.
Dinwiddie outscored Rose 12-8.
Chicago missed an opportunity to take one on the road and Detroit had a big third quarter to take control of the game. Detroit outscored the Bulls 32-17 after the Bulls had a 8 point half-time lead.
Not a good way to start the second half of the season.