Bulls 107 , Pacers 100 — FINAL
CHICAGO — Two days after losing to the Pacers in what Derrick Rose made seem like the worst loss of his life, the Bulls exacted revenge against an innocent third party, in this case the Milwaukee Bucks.
Derrick Rose went off with a season high 34 points while Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah both turned in double-doubles as the Bulls breezed past the Bucks. Taj Gibson made his return putting in 12 minutes of work. C.J. Watson put in a good night as well with 13 huge points to add to the riches the Bulls had tonight.
The night didn’t see a lot of the Bulls biggest pieces like Luol Deng and Rip Hamilton who both sat with injuries. Hamilton was a last minute scratch with Kyle Korver starting in his place.
Beyond the excitement that Korver had his first start since February of 2009, Korver had a forgettable night. In his 36 minutes he had just 8 points and 3 rebounds. He got the start over Jimmy Butler and we saw exactly why Tom Thibodeau did that. Korver can’t carry himself through a whole game and it’s better we find that out now rather then at a more important and crucial point.
One guy who benefited greatly from outside circumstances was Joakim Noah who had an incredible night with Andrew Bogut out. Noah dominated down low with 15 rebounds and he added 14 points to that. This is the Noah we want to see. He’s a rebounding machine and when he has nights where he out rebounds the points he scores the Bulls benefit.
It does warrant mention that the Bucks made it close at the end pulling within five with under 30 seconds to play. Drew Gooden was a big part of this with his 23 points and 15 rebounds.
But another reason the Bulls allowed the Bucks back in the game is the fact the went 62 percent from the stripe, something that would have murdered them against a formidable and strong opponent. This is something the Bulls need to work on before their matchup with the Heat on Sunday.
Chicago begins their nine game road trip on Sunday in Miami and that’s probably the marquee game of the stretch. For now Chicago has, in a way, sought revenge for the loss to the Pacers but they haven’t yet corrected it. That may come on Sunday against the Heat but it could only if the Bulls correct their mistakes.
This early in the season and with the significant injuries they have, that’s a big if.