On Monday night, the Chicago Bulls took on the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center. With a 105-84 win, the Bulls remain undefeated in preseason, keeping Milwaukee win-less.
Kirk Hinrich was inactive for the Central Division match-up after suffering a concussion in last Friday’s win. Jimmy Butler (knee bruise) and Joakim Noah (groin) also sat out. With the injuries, Chicago went with a small starting lineup of Derrick Rose, Mike Dunleavy, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, and Taj Gibson.
The Bulls quickly found their offensive rhythm, and unlike other times, it was constant throughout the entire game. Luol Deng’s right-wing three was the first basket of the game. Chicago grabbed the first points of the game, the first and only lead of the game, and it was maintained from then on.
About two and a half minutes into the first quarter, the Bulls had already put together an 11-2 lead over the Bucks. It increased to as much as a 16-point lead, but once the period came to a conclusion, Milwaukee was able to cut it down to 10. However, the lead just grew even more in the second quarter, so much that Chicago led 62-39 at halftime.
At that point, the Bulls were shooting 51.2% from the field while the Bucks shot 43.8%. The biggest difference, though, was Chicago 28-10 rebounding advantage, not to mention the fact Milwaukee only executed on 52.8% of their free throws.
The second half was just more of the same. There were scoring woes for the Bucks. Rose showed that he’s just as talented as he was pre-ACL surgery, and Marquis Teague was able to gain more valuable playing time. Even Mike James and Dexter Pittman played more than five minutes. In fact, Pittman scored on a tip dunk off of Teague’s missed layup.
For the game as a whole, Chicago’s field goal percentage decreased from halftime at 42.2%, but so did Milwaukee’s going from 43.8% to 38.1%. The Bulls won the rebounding battle 52-31, and also compiled 23 assists.
The high-scoring game also allowed for relatively even scoring for the players. Rose scored 24 points in 27 minutes to go along with his four assists, three rebounds, and one steal. Boozer achieved a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Luol Deng had 15 points, and both Mike Dunleavy and Marquis Teague had 12 points.
Wednesday, Oct. 23rd marks the date the Chicago Bulls will be back in action when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Wichita, Kan.