So this is what winning basketball looks like. That is what the Chicago Bulls must feel like after they just beat down the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-84 to snap a four-game losing streak. The injury-plagued Bulls looked very sharp in this game, and it’s been awhile since they had that feeling.
This was the type of game the Bulls actually needed. Against a very inconsistent group in the Cavs, the Bulls took advantage of them from the beginning. The Cavs seemed to look past the Bulls because of the bad record and the injuries to key guys. The Bulls are a veteran and prideful team who always play hard regardless of who is out there. Even though the Bulls have lost seven of their last eight games, they have beaten the Cavs in 13 out of the last 15 encounters.
The Bulls went with a lineup of Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Mike Dunleavy, D.J. Augustin and Tony Snell. They were without Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich. The players really stepped up in this one. Augustin, who is really starting to get comfortable in running the point, led the charge with 18 points and 10 assists. Boozer and Noah combined for 30 points and 27 rebounds. The rookie Snell had his best game scoring 17 points.
The Bulls shot a season-high 54 percent from the field and a season-high 67 percent from 3-point land. They looked energetic on both ends of the floor, very efficient on offense with excellent spacing and made big baskets. Fans haven’t seen that type of Bulls basketball in a very long time.
Now the question is, can the Bulls play this good again and do so consistently? It will be hard for this squad to get that type of offensive efficiency again with the injuries. Maybe once everybody gets back to good health, the Bulls can turn this season around towards respectability. But for one night, the Bulls can celebrate a decent win.