The Bulls pulled off a much needed road victory tonight in Philidelphia. Our guys battled a long hard close fight all night long, but our crunch time minutes mattered the most and sealed us our 96-89 victory over one of our least favorite opponents, the Philadelphia 76ers.
OFFENSIVE GAME BALL: Joakim Noah – 21 pts, 7 reb, and 5 asts
We all know Noah thrives in cities that despise his presence, and of course Philly is no stranger to expressing how they feel about our center. Game three of the playoffs last year who could forget when the booed him senseless when he suffered a severe ankle sprain. Joakim really silenced the haters tonight with his three point play and crowd taunting at the end of the third quarter, which helped set the Bulls’ tempo going forward in the fourth. Joakim Noah is one of our many underrated gems we would be lost without.
DEFENSIVE GAME BALL: Jimmy Butler – 9 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, Marquis Teague – 6 pts, 7 rebs, 2 asts
These two young men came up big for us in the 4th quarter, of course we are used to Jimmy Butler playing his best in crunch time and setting the defensive tone, however tonight with rookie Teague at his side, these two were playing awesome zone defense. Jrue Holiday was a problem for the Bulls all night, that all changed with Marquis guarding him and Butler on sight making sure Holiday was getting shut down. Teauge was looking very confident tonight, his layups and shots were flowing and his defense really contributed to tonight’s victory. Most players would not share a game ball tonight these two youngins will have to deal. Because they are that awesome.
OVERALL GAME BALL: Luol Deng – 19 pts, 12 reb, 3 asts
Deng had a nice double double tonight. Before tonight’s performance he has been struggling with getting his shots up he was just 6-24, last two games combined. Kinda hard to believe but moving forward, overall tonight Deng had a fantastic night. Lu was killing it on the boards, grabbing up twelve rebounds, and tonight his shots were flowing. Deng was 7-17 in the field, and perfect at the foul line 5-5. Deng’s easy buckets and his fast beat rebounding were keys to the Bulls’ overall success. A brief heart stopping moment occurred when Luol rolled his left ankle twice driving to the basket, he remained in the game with minor substitutions in the 4th, however he looks to be okay. No further injury update has been released yet.