The Chicago Bulls and triple overtimes seem to go hand in hand from time to time. The Bulls were involved in another one of those triple-overtime thrillers against the Orlando Magic, doing just enough to prevail 128-125.
This is the second triple-overtime game that the Bulls have played this season. They lost the first one at home to the New Orleans Pelicans on December 2. The Bulls needed this game to get back on track after a disappointing performance against Washington Wizards, who ended the Bulls’ five-game winning streak. The Bulls were more focused and was ready to take on whatever the Magic pulled out of their hats.
The game started out very slow in the beginning of the game. They lacked energy, and the play was listless through the first three quarters. Once that fourth quarter started, the Bulls got it going and played extremely hard. They made huge plays on both ends of the floor and they closed the game with big shots. Making big shots at the end of games hasn’t happened much of this season, but coach Tom Thibodeau will take it.
Joakim Noah came up very huge in the fourth quarter and the overtime frames. He is playing some very consistent and All-Star worthy ball lately. He was huge down the stretch with defensive stops and rebounds. Noah led the Bulls’ balanced attack with 26 points, 19 rebounds and six assists.
Carlos Boozer added much-needed punch as well with 23 points. Jimmy Butler played a staggering 60 minutes to contribute 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Also, D.J. Augustin is continuing to make the Bulls look very smart for picking him up as he provided 19 points and nine assists off the bench. Lastly, rookie Tony Snell hit a few big shots in the last overtime to give the Bulls the lead for good.
The Bulls have to continue giving this type of effort in every game more consistently. The no. 3-8 seeds in the Eastern Conference are there for the Bulls to take. This game is a reminder of what the Bulls can do with a balanced attack.
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