The game went down in fairly predictable fashion considering the defensive prowess of these two teams.
The Bulls have been a dominant defensive unit since Tom Thibodeau arrived, and, coming into the contest, they were third in the NBA in points allowed (91.9 per game). The Grizzlies have been even stingier, ranking second in the category (89.8).
Great defense (and sloppy offense) was on display throughout the game. The Bulls shot just 36.5 percent from the field, while the Grizzlies (40.5 percent) weren't much better.
Marc Gasol led all scorers with 19 points, and Zach Randolph added 13 points and 19 rebounds for the visitors.
On the other side, Chicago got 19 points from Jimmy Butler, who excelled in place of the injured Luol Deng (hamstring). And Carlos Boozer had another strong game, putting up 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Player of the Game: Zach Randolph, PF, Grizzlies
In a game loaded with great frontcourt players, Randolph stood out. He struggled with his shot (6-of-20), but he made up for it by being a monster on the glass. He pulled down 19 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end.
Without Randolph's relentless effort on the boards, Memphis would have left the United Center with a loss.
The 26-13 Grizzlies will now return to Memphis for a four-game home stretch, beginning with the Indiana Pacers Monday afternoon.
The 23-16 Bulls, meanwhile, will host Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers Monday night on TNT.
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