After defeating the defending champion Miami Heat on Thursday, ending their historic and impressive 27-game winning streak, the Chicago Bulls are back in action as they took on the Dallas Mavericks early saturday afternoon.
In the first half of the game, Carlos Boozer was playing superb, as he had 18 points, shooting 8-of-12 from the field, and making 2-of-4 free throws at the line, to lead the Bulls 56-53 at the half. Both teams were playing great offense though relatively no defence. The Bulls were shooting 59 percent from the field. They also shot 50 percent from the free throw line, and 56 percent from three point range.
They were also tried to get everyone involved as they had 15 assists and 17 rebounds at the half. Nonetheless, they played carelessly somewhat, as they had six turnovers. If they can improve in any area, it’s turnovers.
As well, the Bulls were geting more shots in the paint, as they had 30 at the half and they had four fast break points at the half, taking advantage of the Mavericks’ sloppy defence.
A highlight of the game came in the first half. Carlos Boozer hit a jumper, celebrated, and accidentally hit an official below the belt. That just goes to show that we should following the old idiom that says to watch your surrounds at all times.
The second half of the game was a different story. The Bulls played great in the first and second quarter, but they played fantastic in the third, while Boozer and Luol Deng owned this quarter, dropping buckets after buckets and making some free throws. The missed free throws and turnovers would prove to be a issue however and haunt them in the fourth.
In the fourth quarter, Nate Robinson was outstanding making consecutive back-to-back three pointers. He scored 7-of-7 three pointers in the game. Simply spectacular for Robinson. As well, Deng hit threes and jumpers here and there.
While the Bulls did have a 13 point lead at one point in the game, they seemed to get sloppy on defence, allowing the Mavericks to come back, and they especially didn’t rise to the opportunity to knock down free throws, missing carelessly.
Ultimately, it was Dirk Nowitzki’s late game winning three pointer that won the Mavericks the game. The team should’ve double-double Nowitzki but they didn’t and that cost them the game.
Statistically, the Bulls went from shooting 59 percent at the half, to 47 percent at the end of the game. They lost a game that they should’ve won.
The Bulls bounce back after this loss and will take on the Detroit Pistons on Sunday as they head back to the United Center.