Bulls 110, Bucks 91
The objective of Wednesday night was to get to the All-Star Break on a high note and without suffering any major setbacks in the process.
Mission accomplished in Chicago. The Bulls not only avoided a major injury, but they pounded the Milwaukee Bucks into the hardwood to end the first half of the season on a two game winning streak.
The night belonged to Joakim Noah however, who posted the first triple-double by a Bulls center since 1977.
“Obviously it’s a very humbling accomplishment,” Noah said. “But we’re playing for more than [stats].”
Luol Deng and Derrick Rose, the two Bulls who’s injuries most effect the Bulls championship aspirations, posted 16 points each with Rose dishing out 7 assists and Deng grabbing 5 rebounds.
But Joakim Noah out did them both in rebounding and assist. Not too far into the first half Joakim Noah had 5 assists on the night. Prior to Wednesday Noah’s career high was 7 assists. The Bulls big man finished the night with 10 assists and 13 boards, adding 13 points too boot for the triple-double.
“It’s unbelievable how things change from the New Jersey game to this game,” Noah said.
The last Bull’s center to post a triple-double was Artis Gilmore in 1977 for Chicago.
It was an easy go of things as the Bulls played their first half finale. Derrick Rose played, was not a huge factor and the Bulls still won. With Rose getting trapped it was Joakim Noah who rose to the occasion and led the Bulls like he never has before.
“For a big man, he’s great at making decisions coming down the floor,” Deng said. “A lot of big men will get a little hesitant having the ball in their hand, but he’s comfortable with it.”
The Bulls now enter the All-Star Break tied with the Thunder and Heat for the best record in all of basketball despite having played two more games then both Miami and Oklahoma City. Chicago can now take it easy for a few days, they’ve earned it. But the second half of the season is not far away and with the shortened schedule, the grind will be tougher then usual and the Bulls are far from having anything — even the division — wrapped up.