Prior to the start of the season, many NBA reporters overlooked the Bulls in discussions with the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Their reasoning for overlooking the Bulls was justified. With Derrick Rose not scheduled to return until February and an off-season that saw the Bulls tread water if not take a step back, many struggled to put the Bulls on the same level as the Heat. For the most part, those reporters were true. Prior to the Bulls game against the Heat on Friday, the Bulls were 17-13 on the season while the Heat were 22-8. But the Bulls sent a reminder to the Heat as well as the entire NBA on Friday that they are team that should not be overlooked. On Friday, the Bulls went to Miami and defeated the Heat 96 to 89.
Carlos Boozer was the leading man for the Bulls. Boozer scored a team-high 27 points while collecting 12 rebounds. Boozer’s game against the Heat on Friday was definitely encouraging. It is during games against the teams like the Heat that Boozer needs to step up and be the dominant forward on the court. That is what Boozer did on Friday. Joakim Noah scored 13 points to go along with 12 rebounds. Kirk Hinrich added 10 points and dished out 8 assists in the Bulls’ victory against the Heat. Richard Hamilton scored 7 points while Luol Deng played 43 minutes and scored 6 points. Nate Robinson was the high man off the Bulls’ bench as the guard scored 13 points.
For the Heat, it was LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and a whole bunch of nothing. James continued his streak of scoring 20+ points in each game this season by scoring a game-high 30 points against the Bulls. Meanwhile, Wade scored 22 points for the Heat. Chris Bosh was the only other Heat player in double digits as the center scored 14 points.
Prior to the game, it was reported that the Bulls have signed shooting guard Daequan Cook. Cook was released by the Houston Rockets after the team failed to find a trading partner. Cook won the 2009 three point contest, and his field goal percentage of 37.4% for his career.
The Bulls next play on Monday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.