Phoenix Suns vs. Chicago Bulls: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
The Bulls' home woes continue, as they move to .500 at home, and 20-15 on the season.
The win for the Suns marks the franchises' 2,00th, making them the fourth team to reach that milestone.
Entering the game, few could have predicted that the Bulls would get absolutely destroyed. However, that's exactly what happened tonight. Here are a few reasons why the Suns came out on top.
Michael Beasley: The Bulls struggled to find help outside of their starting lineup, scoring only 30 bench points. They were nearly matched by Michael Beasley, who finished with twenty off of the bench.
Fourteen of his points came in the second quarter, when the Suns made a run that helped them gain the lead. He also finished with four boards in the quarter alone. He has struggled to get playing time, but tonight's performance—in which he nearly matched his season high (two points away)—should be enough to give him a few more chances in the team's next contest.
Focus: The Suns were only up seven at the half, and given the circumstances of what happened last night, they very easily could have blown the lead. However, they remained calm and collected, finishing the second half better than they did the first.
They never let the Bulls come back—their game high was a 6-0 short-lived run—and executed perfectly down the stretch. The Bulls, on the other hand, became very frustrated, very quickly. With four technical fouls, tonight was a rough night in Chicago.
Defense: Before the game, you might have thought that I would be praising the Bulls for their spectacular defense, but that was not the case, tonight.
The Suns allowed just 81 points, despite playing on the road, and finished with 11 blocks—their highest total since opening night. The Bulls shot just 36 percent from the floor, and made only two three-pointers the entire game.
Luis Scola: Scola took control of Phoenix's offense early on, and never looked back. Finishing with 22 points and seven rebounds, the big man came through at times when the Suns needed him most.
Your box scores from tonight (via NBA.com).
Phoenix 97, Chicago 81; End of game
Jimmy Butler slams down the alley-oop, but the Bulls fall short of the Suns tonight. A poor night for Chicago, but not for Phoenix, who wins their 2,000th franchise game.
Phoenix 97, Chicago 79; 0:52 remaining in 4Q
Markieff Morris fouls out, with the Suns on the verge of snapping their 12-game road streak.
In Chicago, home-court advantage means the other team has the advantage. Hmm...
The Hornets, Bobcats and Suns now have 12 combined road wins this season. A quarter of them have come at the United Center.— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) January 13, 2013
One word. Michael Beasley. Actually that was two.
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) January 13, 2013
Thibs has officially thrown in the towel. He just took Luol Deng out of the game and put Daequan Cook in.
Phoenix 92, Chicago 73; 3:25 remaining in 4Q
Telfair becomes the first Sun to get called for a tech, though for reasons different than that of the Bulls.
Phoenix 92, Chicago 73; 3:57 remaining in 4Q
Beasley throws down another dunk. I think I felt the ground shake on that one.
Thibs joining the tech party, and in the words of the Suns announcers, he is "really, really upset."
Phoenix 88, Chicago 73; 4:44 remaining in 4Q
Nate Robinson called for the technical. Can somebody say frustration?
Two free-throws from Telfair end a 6-0 run by the Bulls, their largest of the night.
— Sam Smith (@SamSmithHoops) January 13, 2013
Good news for Bulls is they only face one bad team, Toronto, in the next five games ending with the Lakers. Ooops, Lakers stink, too.
Phoenix 86, Chicago 70; 6:13 remaining in 4Q
Nate Robinson hits Chicago's first three of the night. It was the team's eighth try.
Phoenix 88, Chicago 67; 7:35 remaining in 4Q
A tremendous dunk from Markieff Morris following a pretty pass from Gortat. That one will make the highlight reels, for sure.
— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) January 13, 2013
The Bulls longest run of the game has been 4-0 (multiple times).
Phoenix 82, Chicago 65; 9:35 remaining in 4Q
Telfair hits a three and the Suns have their largest lead of the night.
Barring a fourth quarter comeback, this one could be over.
A lot of frustration tonight.
Only the 9th technical of Deng's career.— Kelly Scaletta (@KellyScaletta) January 13, 2013
Phoenix 77, Chicago 63; End of 3Q
Telfair hits a shot from long-range as the quarter ends. Unlike last night, the Suns have carried their dominance over into the second half, scoring 28 points in the third quarter and extending their lead.
They only scored 26 in the entire second half last night. This one is starting to get ugly.
Phoenix 73, Chicago 61; 0:36 remaining in 3Q
Technical foul called on Luol Deng.
If I had to describe this game in one word? Chippy.
Phoenix 71, Chicago 61; 1:13 remaining in 3Q
Phoenix 71, Chicago 61; 1:48 remaining in 3Q
Noah and Deng look absolutely exhausted. The back to backs are catching up to them more than anyone else because of all the minutes.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) January 13, 2013
Phoenix 69, Chicago 60; 3:10 remaining in 3Q
Boozer hits the spot up jumper over Scola. He now has 12.
However, a lapse on defense frees up Scola for a deuce of his own.
Here are your first half highlights.
Phoenix 64, Chicago 54; 5:38 remaining in 3Q
Shannon Brown hits the three pointer, Dragic sinks two of three at the line.
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