The game was closer than anybody would have liked, but the Bulls overpowered a young and physical Kings team. Everytime the Bulls seemed to pull away for good, the Kings always found themselves within reach. Chicago found themselves clinging to a 3 point lead with just 35 seconds left in the 4th quarter, but managed to hold on for the victory.
Joakim Noah led the Bulls attack with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 5 steals. Noah starred in his matchup with DeMarcus Cousins, who is an elite rebounder himself. Carlos Boozer (18 points, 8 rebounds), Richard Hamilton (19 points) and Luol Deng (7 points, 12 rebounds) all played very well to help Chicago start their Rose-less season 1-0.
The Bulls need to work on their 3P field goals, as they shot just 22% from the long range on 2-9 shooting. Last years team averaged 17 attempts per game. Chicago looks to build on the win this Friday as they travel to Cleveland. Bulls versus Cavs tips at 6:30 Chicago time.
|Carlos Boozer, PF||33||8-13||0-0||2-5||1||7||8||2||1||1||3||3||18|
|Luol Deng, SF||42||3-13||0-4||1-3||5||7||12||2||0||1||4||3||7|
|Joakim Noah, C||40||6-12||0-0||11-12||5||5||10||3||5||3||2||2||23|
|Kirk Hinrich, SG||29||1-7||0-1||1-3||1||2||3||7||0||0||2||2||3|
|Richard Hamilton, SG||31||7-16||0-1||5-5||0||1||1||3||2||0||3||1||19|
|Taj Gibson, PF||19||2-6||0-0||0-0||1||4||5||0||0||4||0||1||4|
|Jimmy Butler, SF||11||1-1||0-0||2-2||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||3||4|
|Nazr Mohammed, C||3||1-1||0-0||0-0||1||0||1||0||0||1||0||2||2|
|Nate Robinson, PG||20||3-8||1-2||0-0||0||5||5||1||0||0||3||2||7|
|Marco Belinelli, SG||12||1-2||1-1||3-3||0||0||0||3||0||0||1||0||6|
|Vladimir Radmanovic, SF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Marquis Teague, PG||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
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