Hot damn! The Bulls finally managed to pull out a win. After having dropped the previous two contests to the Magic and Celtics respectively, Chicago welcomed the Houston Rockets into the United Center and trampled them 119-116. Well maybe it wasn’t a convincing win and maybe it wasn’t against a good team, but nevertheless a win is a win. In fact the Bulls almost loss. If it wasn’t for a buzzer beating 3 point shot by Derrick Rose, the Bulls would have dropped their third straight game and second consecutive home game. “I think that was the first time I’ve celebrated this whole year after I shot a shot.” said Rose. The other highlight of the night was the Bulls ended up pulling it out in overtime and put up stats that were finally respectable.
Understatement of the night: Derrick Rose had a great game on Saturday. He recorded his seventh game this year where he scored 30 points while also racking up 11 assists and 7 rebounds. “Derrick had a great edge today from the start of the game. That game was his will. It looked like we were going nowhere and he willed that win.” said Coach Tom Thibodeau of the performance of his star. Joakim Noah also piled up 12 rebounds in his 47 minutes on the court. It was really great to see the big guys out there for long durations and also produce stats. Plus,Carlos Boozer finally had a game everyone was waiting for him to have, scoring 25 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Luol Deng played 41 mintues and managed to stay pretty consistent the whole time. He only got 4 rebounds but managed to get 15 points in a very impressive 41 minutes.
The Bulls finally showed they can play ball, despite the fact it was against an opponent that is 7-13. Next up for the Bulls in this short home stand is Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. The Thunder will provide the Bulls with the test of a slightly better team and will challenge the Bulls in a lot more ways than the Rockets did on Saturday. However stumbling and bumbling the Bulls can be at times, they do know how to win and their fans do know how to show up and support the local 12. Proof of this is the fact that Saturday’s game was the eighth sellout of the season for the Bulls making them a perfect 8 for 8. The Bulls may not lead the league in the win-loss column but they do lead the league in fan support, as the Bulls rank first in NBA attendance. These are numbers I can assure you, the Bulls are very proud of.