The Chicago Bulls took on the New Jersey, err… Brooklyn Nets this evening. With Kirk Hinrich unavailable for the second game in a row, fans saw plenty of Marquis Teague and Nate Robinson. With help from some unusual suspects, they won a very close game. Final: 83-82 Chicago
Here’s how it happened:
The Bulls opened the game going on an 8-2 run, until Deron Williams started to heat up and drained three three’s in the quarter. He would finish the game with 24 points and 5 assists. Among the key moments of the first 12 minutes was Joakim Noah posterizing Brook Lopez. And for what might have been the first time ever, Carlos Boozer hit the floor and saved a possession. He was rewarded for it with an and-1. Brooklyn finished the quarter with a one point lead.
The second quarter saw not one, but two Bulls flashbacks as Keith Bogans and CJ Watson checked into the game. Neither of them illicit much emotion from Bulls fans, as opposed to last week when Ronnie Brewer who is now with the Knicks heard a couple of cheers upon his return. While Watson’s last moment as a Bull wasn’t his best (the pass to Asik), he had two pretty good seasons for Chicago. More importantly, he was better than Kirk Hinrich is right now.
That’s all I really have to say about it at this point.
The Bulls went in to the half with a 46-41 lead. 37 of those points came from the free throw line or the paint.
Halftime Report: Sources say that Tom Thibodeau and Keith Bogans were holding hands in the lobby of the United Center, until they realized that reporters were on the scene. At that point, the two backed away from each other, but they couldn’t erase the longing they obviously had for each other. Taj Gibson reportedly saw Thibodeau a little teary-eyed before the third quarter commenced.
The third quarter was absolutely hilarious, if you’re evil like myself. Marco Belinelli scored seven straight points, but at one point in the game, he forgot to box out Joe Johnson who got an easy hoop because of it.
Anyways, Thibodeau called a timeout right away and reamed Belinelli out. My lip-reading skills tell me it was something along the lines of “what the *expletive* are you doing?” Classic Thibbs. While Nate wasn’t terrible by this point of the game, he was pretty bad. Luckily, he got his fifth foul and had to check out of the game.
The fourth quarter was all about Marquis Teague and Marco Belinelli. That’s not something you hear very often, or ever really. Immediately after checking in, Teague nailed two baskets in a row. A couple steals, assists and turnovers later, he fed Luol Deng for a transition dunk that tied the game for the Chicago Bulls. Belinelli, who scored six of the Bulls last eight points, drove to the basket to give the Bulls the lead and that’s all she wrote.
Tune in Monday night as the Chicago Bulls take on the Boston Celtics at the United Center!