The Chicago Bulls defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 105-84 on Monday night at the United Center. The win pushed the Bulls’ preseason record to a perfect 6-0.
The Bulls were balanced and were led by Derrick Rose once again. Rose had 24 points and 4 assists in just 27 minutes played. The other four Bull starters managed double figures as well. Carlos Boozer poured in 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds and Luol Deng chipped in 15 points. Marquis Teague was brilliant once again in the 25 minutes that he played. Teague gave the Bulls 12 points and 4 assists.
One of the most remarkable things about the game was the ability of Deng and Rose to get to the foul line. Both players shot double digit free throws as well as made double digit free throws. Getting to the free throw line is always key to any teams success. I often hear people say “It’s free points.” Taj Gibson was given a technical foul during the game and the Bulls also played the game without Joakim Noah due to his groin injury and Jimmy Butler with his knee injury.
The Bucks continue to struggle out of the gate as they remain winless this preseason, 0-5. After losing key contributors like Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis to free agency and a trade, they are just trying to find their identity. Former San Antonio Spurs guard, Gary Neal, led the team with 14 points. Brandon Knight and Larry Sanders weren’t too far behind as they had 13 and 12 points respectively.
The team played without the very talented O.J. Mayo. No official word on if something is wrong with Mayo.
The Bulls have just two remaining preseason games, one against the Oklahoma City Thunder this Wednesday night and another against the Denver Nuggets this Friday night. They will have to travel to Oklahoma City, but will have Denver at home to round out the preseason. The Bulls begin regular season play a week from tomorrow against the defending champion Miami Heat. Time to get buckled in for a wild and entertaining Bulls basketball season.
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