It wasn’t the most glamorous Christmas Day NBA game we’ve ever seen, especially in the first half. Lots of turnovers and missed shots were the story in the first half, but the Chicago Bulls put it all together in the second half and made an onslaught of shots to bury the Brooklyn Nets, 95-78.
The Bulls, dressed in all red for the holidays in these new ugly sleeved jerseys, used a 23-4 run in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. The Bulls actually looked like a team that had some rhythm and were very locked in on defense. The Nets, who kept the game close in the first half, could not get anything going in the second half with more missed shots and pathetic play. They were out-hustled and the offense was sluggish against the Bulls’ defensive attack.
The Bulls took advantage inside with the absence of Brook Lopez led by Taj Gibson with a team-high 20 points. Gibson played with a lot of energy and scored however he wanted to. He scored in the post, with spin moves, dunks and baseline jumpers. Four other Bulls also scored in double figures led by DJ Augustin who had 13 points off the bench.
This was a very early afternoon game, and in the beginning they were sleep walking. The Bulls got it together and wanted to reaffirm to the league that they are not going anywhere. They will continue to play hard and give it all they have. They welcomed a couple of healthy key players back in Kirk Hinrich and Jimmy Butler to help them get this win. Bulls’ fans should be able to rejoice and celebrate this win on Christmas.