CHICAGO — The Bulls may not have been able to pull out a win against the titians of the Eastern Conference and the Lakers were expecting that Bulls team to show up Friday night. What actually happened and what Phil Jackson was expecting to happen were two very different things. The Lakers rolled into Chicago with cocky hopes and left with a 88-84 defeat. It was a much needed win for the Bulls and a definite confidence booster for Chicago; the Bulls had dropped seven straight to the Lakers dating back to 2006. The Bulls said ‘no more’ and stomped their foot and kicked the Lakers out of Chicago with smiles on their faces.
Can someone call animal control because Derrick Rose is off his leash. D-Rose put up another 29 points tonight along with 9 assists and 5 rebounds. Rose hit three 3 pointers to bring the Bulls back yet again, as he bailed the Bulls out down the stretch. Plus, Carlos Boozer had a relatively nice night, especially since he managed a double-double. Boozer only totaled 10 points and 11 rebounds, making it his second double-double as a Bull. Rose and Boozer finally had on nights together and the results showed in the final score and the fact the Bulls pulled one out against the Lakers.
Luol Deng had yet another night to be proud of, the Bulls Forward hit two of three 3 pointers scoring 14 points. Deng didn’t quite hit another 40 minute game but he was more than solid when th Bulls needed him to be. The Bulls also got another big time performance out its bench. The Bulls bench outscored that of the Lakers 26-13. Kyle Korver lead the charge once again off the bench scoring 14 points and one rebound in a 24 minute performance. Korver also had a steal an a block, he was one of two Bulls to get crucial blocks Friday. Ronnie Brewster was the other Bulls to get a block and also put together a solid game. Brewster had 10 points in 24 minutes of play as well as piling up 2 steals and, of course, that one block. Korver and Brewster had nearly identical stats in the exact same amount of time on the court. One might take from this that the two are almost auditioning for the role of starting shooting guard. Further proof of this is the fact Kieth Bogans had yet another All-Star worthy performance of -zero points in 11 minutes. In fact, the Bulls didn’t hit strides until Bogans went to the bench. On a higher note, Joakim Noah had a 40 minute performance; in which he only scored 9 points and got only 9 rebounds.
The Bulls upcoming schedule is actually pretty soft. The Timberwolves, Pacers and Clippers are up next and the Bulls win over the Lakers definitely lit a fire under this team. The Bulls improved to 13-8 on the season and 8-2 at home. The Bulls held a 16-4 advantage in fast break points through the first three quarters, which is very impressive against the Lakers. If the Bulls can get a nice little streak going through Christmas, they can have a nice little Christmas present; a very comfortable lead in the Central Division and a spot amongst the giants in the Eastern Conference.