After falling behind 24-4 in the first six minutes of play, the Bulls lost another miserable game to the Dallas Mavericks at home Thursday night.
Or did they?
After falling behind 24-4 in the first six minutes of play the fans started booing. That is when the Bulls decided to show up and play a little basketball.
With Hughes and Gooden back on the floor and Gordon playing the best game of the season, the Bulls were able to fight back from the deficit and take a one-point lead going into half time.
Ben Gordon scored the first 19 of his 35 points in the first half and gave the Bulls the energy they needed to go into the second half.
With the addition of Deng’s 20-point night, the Bulls were able to outlast the persistent Mavericks.
The Bulls pulled ahead late in the second quarter and never looked back. They stayed ahead the rest of the game, although the Mavs tried making several comebacks. They cut the Bulls lead down to four or five and then Chicago would make another run and go up by as many as 10.
Rose had another solid performance, putting up 16 points and adding nine rebounds and six assists. He scored eight of his 16 during a15-6 run at the beginning of the third quarter for the Bulls. His consistent level of play should be a beacon of hope to Chicago fans.
Coming off of their injuries Hughes and Gooden scored a combined 13 points. Gooden got the start tonight and played around 40 minutes.
Thomas had a decent night scoring eight points and pulling down eight rebounds.
Hopefully the energy and rhythm the team found tonight will become something of a habit. Not the falling behind by 20-something points in the first six minutes, but if that is what it takes every night to get a victory, so be it.
Stay tuned Saturday when the Bulls (4-5) take on the Pacers (4-3) at the United Center for their last home game of November.