Chicago Bulls: New backcourt production sparks dominant win over Nets
The Chicago Bulls completed their most dominant win of the season Friday night, beating the ‘new look’ Brooklyn Nets 131-87 at the United Center.
New acquisition Patrick Beverly instantly made headlines as he was given the start in his Chicago Bulls debut. Alex Caruso was also a surprise start for Bulls on Friday, a move that sent Patrick Williams to the bench.
These post All-star break adjustments looked to have worked wonders as Beverly and Caruso led a dominant defensive showing from the Bulls. A team that that had previously looked anemic on that end of the court played inspired as they forced tough shots and created turnovers from start to finish.
Come halftime, the Bulls were routing the Nets by a score of 63-29. The fun didn’t stop there, as a Bulls second half offensive explosion saw the team score 68 more points, making the final score 131-87.
The Chicago Bulls pulled out a huge win in their most recent game.
Great communication and relentless effort seemed to come from whoever was on the court Friday but offensively youth ran supreme.
Zach LaVine led all Bulls with 32 points, shooting 12/17 (4/6 3pt) from the field. LaVine also contributed 6 rebounds and 2 assists in a night where the superstar only saw 28 minutes of action due to the blowout.
Patrick Williams also looked comfortable in his new role, scoring 17 points on only 8 shot attempts. He also added 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals in an overall impressive performance.
Dalen Terry had to wait until the 4th quarter to see any action but when he did, the rookie did not disappoint. In 10 short minutes of play, Terry decided to play from behind the arc, knocking down all 3 of his attempts from deep. He finished with 11.
This win came at the perfect time for Chicago, as they were riding a six-game losing streak before the break. A new face and some time off may have been all the Bulls needed to get back on track. They now sit at 27-33, good for 11th in the Eastern Conference.
Currently only 1.5 games out of the play-in tournament, the Bulls still have plenty of time to make a playoff push.
What’s Next? The Bulls play host to the Washington Wizards on Sunday in a key Eastern Conference matchup.