Dallas Mavericks vs. Chicago Bulls: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
The Dallas Mavericks entered the United Center losers of two straight, including a hard-fought 100-98 defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. For a team stocked with veteran players, the back end of a road back-to-back set figured to be a tiring venture. And it was.
The Chicago Bulls (7-7) pounded the Mavericks (7-9) to the tune of a 44-30 rebounding advantage. The Bulls hustled to loose balls. They had more bounce in their jumps, particularly as the game wore on. What was only a 24-23 Chicago advantage after the first quarter ballooned to a 58-42 halftime lead and got even worse over the second half.
Credit Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau for finding valuable bench production in this game, something that his team had been missing over the season's first 13 games. Chicago's reserves outscored the Mavericks' second team 50-34. They helped Thibodeau rest his veteran starters like Richard Hamilton and Carlos Boozer (who both played fewer than 19 minutes).
Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler seized their opportunities for minutes. Robinson's always had the ability to create his own shot, but tonight he put his teammates in position for easy buckets. Butler, meanwhile, harassed Dallas coach Rick Carlisle's offense and sliced his way to the basket where he finished plays or earned a trip to the free-throw line.
Joakim Noah lead the charge for the Bulls' efforts on the glass, but Luol Deng was the best player on the court for all of his 34-plus minutes. He picked his spots on the offensive end, finding timely buckets during rare Chicago cold streaks. He took bigger, more physical defenders (Shawn Marion and Jae Crowder) to the basket or shot over the top of them when the situation presented itself.
Marion was the lone bright spot on an otherwise forgettable night for Dallas. He did his best to be the go-to scorer that O.J. Mayo was not. He was the lone Mavericks player who didn't look like he was playing his second game in as many nights.
But Marion alone couldn't will his team to this victory. Chicago was simply too deep and too fresh for Dallas in this game.
Here's how the Bulls managed this victory.
Teague with a nice drive and kick to a wide open Belinelli. The kid faces an uphill battle finding any minutes in this backcourt this season, but he has a bright future ahead of him. Bulls 99, Mavericks 72 — 1:26 REMAINING IN 4TH.
Radmanovic on the floor. How long until he attempts his first three? Bulls 94, Mavericks 70 — 2:17 REMAINING IN 4TH QUARTER.
Thibodeau pulls Deng for his well deserved ovation (22 points on 8-of-17 shooting and six rebounds). Timeout on the floor. Bulls 94, Mavericks 70 — 2:37 REMAINING IN 4TH QUARTER.
A chance to look at the rook. Marquis Teague enters the game. Bulls 94, Mavericks 70 — 3:23 REMAINING IN 4TH QUARTER.
Will we have a Vladimir Radmanovic sighting tonight?
Now this time it has to be getting close to a Vladapalooza— Sam Smith (@SamSmithHoops) November 29, 2012
Bulls 91, Mavericks 70 — 5:27 REMAINING IN 4TH QUARTER.
Jimmy Butler's minutes will only increase as the year goes on. Gives the Bulls a lockdown perimeter defender and some efficient offense. With Butler lined up alongside Deng, Thibodeau's team can frustrate opposing wings as they have tonight (Mayo 2-of-9, Carter 3-of-10). Bulls 89, Mavericks 68 — 6:13 REMAINING IN 4TH QUARTER.
Highlights from tonight's first half action.
Luol Deng has gone over the 20 point mark for the first time in 5 games.— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) November 29, 2012
Refs overturn flagrant foul call on Bernard James one-handed take down of Taj Gibson. Gibson still takes the Bulls' 22nd and 23rd free-throw attempts of the game (Dallas has just 14). Bulls 88, Mavericks 66 — 7:04 REMAINING IN 4TH QUARTER.
Mavs won't win many games in which O.J. Mayo has as many turnovers as points or Chris Kaman has as many turnovers as rebounds.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 29, 2012
Credit Chicago's perimeter defense for limiting these Dallas shooters. The Mavericks entered tonight as the league's fifth-best three-point shooting team (40 percent). Tonight, the Mavericks are just 4-of-15 from deep and Dallas starters are 0-of-7. Bulls 84, Mavericks 64 — 8:24 REMAINING IN 4TH QUARTER.
Where does Nate Robinson fit in when Derrick Rose returns? Assuming Hinrich slides to the shooting guard spot and Hamilton moves to the bench, there may be a minutes crunch in the reserve backcourt. And that's not even considering Butler, Belinelli and rookie Marquis Teague.
Double technical fouls for Dahntay Jones and Marco Belinelli for a brief skirmish after a hard foul on a Jones fast-break attempt. Bulls 79, Mavericks 62 — 9:36 REMAINING IN 4TH QUARTER.
If Nate Robinson could ever improve his decision-making...
That's probably asking too much. But these types of games form him (12 points, six assists, no turnovers) are always fun to watch. Bulls 77, Mavericks 58 — 0:17 REMAINING IN 3RD QUARTER.
Does Dallas have the legs for a late-game push?
Mavs shot 11-of-20 in the 1st quarter. They're 11-of-37 since.— Earl K. Sneed (@EKS_MavsNBA) November 29, 2012
Bulls 72, Mavericks 56 — 1:40 REMAINING IN 3RD QUARTER.
Bulls settling for jump shots as the Mavericks take over as the aggressors.
The Bulls now have 4 more fouls in just over 2 minutes. After 6 in 29.— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) November 29, 2012
Still a ways to go to make this interesting. Bulls 72, Mavericks 56 — 3:08 REMAINING IN 3RD QUARTER.
Shawn Marion denies Deng's dunk attempt on the fast-break. Then drew an offensive foul on Boozer. Mavs' ensuing offensive trip, Marion fouled on a loose ball after an errant Mayo three-point attempt. He's doing everything in his power to keep his team in this game. Bulls 70, Mavericks 54 — 4:50 REMAINING IN 3RD QUARTER.
Dallas can ill afford another injury.
Mayo is just 1-of-6 tonight, but after playing with a twisted left ankle last night...he also turned his right... fb.me/z0XDzEex— Earl K. Sneed (@EKS_MavsNBA) November 29, 2012
Mayo is still in the game, but ankles have a habit of waiting a day before wreaking their havoc. Bulls 70, Mavericks 54 — 5:39 REMAINING IN 3RD QUARTER.
Carlos Boozer's been awfully quiet tonight (two points in nearly 14 minutes).
Was wondering when Boozer was going to take advantage of being guarded by Marion.— Christopher Cason (@C4DUNK) November 29, 2012
To his credit, he's only attempted three shots thus far. Bulls 66, Mavericks 48 — 7:40 REMAINING IN 3RD QUARTER.
Shawn Marion has 14 points tonight. No other Dallas player has more than eight.
Marion is doing his best to keep the Mavs in the game, but he definitely needs some help tonight.— Earl K. Sneed (@EKS_MavsNBA) November 29, 2012
Bulls 66, Mavericks 46 — 8:26 REMAINING IN 3RD QUARTER.
Luol Deng continues his strong play this season (17.2 points, 7.5 rebounds per game).
Where's O.J. Mayo tonight?
Home/Road Splits for OJ Mayo:Home 24.3PPG 52.2FG%Road: 16.9PPG 42.7FG%Mayo 2 points so far in the 1st half tonight— Mike Peasley (@PeasESPN) November 29, 2012
Maybe he's already back in Dallas. Bulls 62, Mavericks 42 — 10:37 REMAINING IN 3RD QUARTER.
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