The Chicago Bulls wanted to make a quick statement in this game against the Denver Nuggets. They did just that and more as they rode a fast start to pound the Nuggets, and in the end, it was no contest, 117-89. This victory was the Bulls’ fifth win in a row and they are moving in the right direction.
The Bulls started this game very hot and outscoring the Nuggets in the first quarter, 32-19. The Bulls kept their foot on the gas and never let up. The offense was very efficient, as they moved the ball around and played unselfishly. The Bulls shot 50 percent from the field and pounded the glass. They were just bigger and stronger on the boards against the undersized Nuggets as they out-rebounded them 50-40.
The Bulls are also getting back to the blueprint of what they do best — play stellar, lockdown defense. Teams are looking befuddled when the Bulls are locked in defensively, and this game was no exception as the Bulls held the Nuggets to shoot only 40 percent from the field.
The balanced attack continues to be one of the Bulls’ consistent strengths lately. They had seven players in double figures, led by D.J. Augustin‘s 22 points and eight assists. Tony Snell came off the bench to provide a career-high 20 points, and Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson combined for 29 points, 21 rebounds, seven assists and four blocks.
The only negative that can be taken from this game was the injury to Jimmy Butler, who was injured on a drive to the basket when he took a shot to the ribs. He suffered a bruised rib and is listed as day to day.
The Bulls are currently playing very consistent basketball and gaining some momentum, and they must keep playing at a very high level.