Hamilton, Rose Lead Bulls Past Nets 110-95

Hamilton, Rose Lead Bulls Past Nets 110-95
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Derrick Rose and Rip Hamilton each had 22 points as the Bulls had six players in double-figures in a 110-95 win over New Jersey Tuesday night at the United Center.

Hamilton had a season-high 10 assists and Rose eight as the Bulls shot 57.3% from the field in topping the 110 point mark for the third time in four games.

Joakim Noah had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Carlos Boozer had 14 (6/9 FG) points, nine rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Ronnie Brewer had 11 points and Omer Asik 10 as the Bulls remained the only NBA team that is unbeaten on it's home court.

Jordan Farmar came off the bench to lead the Nets with 22 points. Deron Williams had 16 points and 10 assists, and Anthony Morrow had 15 as New Jersey fell to 5-13 on the year.

New Jersey's only lead in the game was at 4-3, and after Kyle Korver's three-pointer early in the 2nd quarter pushed the lead to 31-20, the Nets never got closer than 10 the rest of the night.

Ronnie Brewer started for Luol Deng and came out on fire- he led the Bulls with nine points and three rebounds in the first quarter, while Rose and Hamilton combined for seven assists on the Bulls' 11 made FG.

It was Hamilton's turn in the 2nd quarter as he hit 4/5 shots to lead the Bulls with eight points.

Rip's first FG make of the night, an alley-oop from Rose on a fast-break that was set up by a Boozer steal, put him over the 15,000 point mark for his career. He became the 120th player in NBA history to score 15,000 career points.

Brian Scalabrine was the first Bull off the bench, and he responded with five points, four assists and three rebounds in 23 minutes.

The Bulls are now an NBA-best 16-3 on the season, and they host the Pacers on Wednesday and the Bucks Friday before hitting the road for a nine-game road trip. The Indiana game can be seen on NBA-TV (nationally) and Comcast SportsNet Chicago (Chicagoland) starting at 7 PM CT.


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  • Rose got hurt- JL3 stepped up, JL3 goes down- James plays solid, Taj goes down- Scalabrine with a nice stretch of minutes, Deng goes down- Brewer plays a great 1st quarter...good job by the management and coaches to have players that are this ready to fill in...

    Im gonna miss those Rose power showtime dunks, but I'm glad he didn't do them last night, maybe by the end of the year he will feel healthy enough to do one...

    Nice to see Scalabrine not as a sideshow, although I understand why the fans treat Scals the way they do, it gets annoying at times...

    In the beginning of the year, I wanted Jamal Crawford over Rip, and I was wrong...Rip seems to be fitting in perfectly and just the ultimate veteran player, please stay healthy Rip!

    I hope Deng could play against the Heat, but won't be too mad if he stayed out for it...These injuries starting to get frustrating! Da Bulls...

  • Don - look at your score sheet. Among the things that stand out are the Bulls scored 110 pts on 75 shots. Amazing.

    33 assists on 43 makes was glorious to watch.

    Scal in his new role as "stat sheet stuffer" <tongue in cheek. His passes were unselfish and beautiful.

    No one but rip played big minutes - Rip's 42 led the way. His 10 assists stood out more than his 10-16 shooting; remember when we used to talk about MJ having a "quiet 40"? Silk. I'm with you Keep; this guy fits in with this group fabulously.

    Only bummer for me was, after missing his first shot, Brew hit 3 in a row, then went cold again. But, like so many others, he does other things so well that can be overlooked a bit.

    I'm goin' tomorrow night with my 3 daughters. Fingers crossed on Deng - but not at the expense of the bigger picture.

  • Yeah MoneyBoy, the way the Bulls are playing on offense certainly makes my Noah for Pierce trade- so we can get more offense- look stupid.

    After last night, the Bulls are now #1 in the league in Offensive Efficiency, which I don't think even the most optimistic fan would have thought to be possible.

    Granted, we've played some bad defenses lately, but the schedule always has ebbs and flows- it all evens out in the end.

    I don't know if we should be bowing down at the altar of Rip Hamilton, but I can't believe the Bulls offense would be ranked #1 in the league if Bogans was still our starting SG.

  • In reply to Don Ellis:

    yea there is no chance with Bogans they would be this good on offense....and Pierce is putting up good numbers recently, I may have been wrong about him not having much left, oops lol...

  • In reply to Keep:

    LOL Keep, yeah we may have both been wrong- Pierce may not be done, and the Bulls may not need his offense.

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