The All-Star break has officially wrapped with a much needed victory for the Chicago Bulls over the New Orleans Hornets. The Bulls snapped their two game loosing streak, while slashing a Hornets two game winning streak Tuesday night in New Orleans. Of course Chicago’s two All-Stars shined; Deng scored 20, and Joakim Noah had a double – double with 15 points and 17 rebounds. For the Hornets: Davis had a double of double of his own with 15/10, and Gordon finished with 20. The Bulls out-rebounded the Hornets 47-39, and they thrived off of second chance opportunities with 15 points.
OFFENSIVE GAME BALL: Joakim Noah 15 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists. Noah the now All-Star Center, started off the second half of the season on the right foot, reaching his sixteenth consecutive double double.
DEFENSIVE GAMEBALL: Kirk Hinrich 5 points, 10 assists, 3 steals. Welcome back Captain Kirk! The Bulls have desperately missed the intensity of Hinrich’s defense the last 11 games. Chicago went 4-7 without Hinrich in his absence with an infection in his left elbow.
OVERALL GAMEBALL: Luol Deng 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists. Deng, the now dubbed two time NBA All-Star; (that has such a nice ring to it) went off in New Orleans Tuesday night leading both teams in scoring. Deng sealed the victory with a layup that brought the Bulls up 88-80 with 4:47 left in regulation; Chicago went on to win 96-87.
The Bulls return home to the Windy City on Thursday to face their rival, the Miami Heat.