The Chicago Bulls had a frustrating night on Thursday against the Miami Heat, and they took out their anger on the Charlotte Bobcats in a 105-75 victory.
A balanced scoring effort saw eight different Bulls reach double figures. Taj Gibson came off the bench to record 17 points and led all Chicago scorers.
Carlos Boozer earned his fourth consecutive double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Joakim Noah again recorded impressive across-the-board numbers. The center had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Kemba Walker was a bright spot for the Bobcats, scoring 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Unfortunately, he and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist—who had 10 points—were the only Charlotte players to reach double figures.
The game ultimately illustrated why the Bulls will likely be a playoff team, and the Bobcats almost certainly will have a lottery pick in the next draft.
The full box score can be found via NBA.com.
Player of the Game: Joakim Noah
It was truly a team effort from Chicago, and the top honors go to Noah because he did a little bit of everything.
He was efficient with his shooting, making four of his seven attempts to earn his 10 points. He also crashed the boards to grab eight rebounds and played excellent defense, evidenced by his three blocks.
But his eight assists were the most impressive part of his performance. He proved exactly why he’s dropped more dimes than any other center in the league this season.
What’s Next for the Chicago Bulls?
The Bulls improved to 32-23 on the season and will stay on the road for a showdown with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.
What’s Next for the Charlotte Bobcats?
The Bobcats dropped to 13-42 and will stay in Charlotte to host the Denver Nuggets tomorrow.