Derrick Rose dominated yet another matchup with John Wall, and Joakim Noah flirted with a triple-double as the Bulls eased past the Wizards 98-88 Monday night.
Rose came out and asserted himself right away, getting into the lane at will in the first quarter. He finished the quarter with 13 points (6/8 FG) and three assists in leading the Bulls to a 26-16 lead.
It was Kyle Korver's turn to control the second quarter as he hit 3/5 three-pointers and 4/6 overall to score 11 of his 17 points in just under nine minutes of action. The Bulls led 51-40 at halftime, limiting the Wizards to 31.9% shooting.
Rose took over once again in the 3rd quarter, scoring 15 points and going to the free throw line eight times (he hit all eight). The Wizards simply had no chance of keeping Derrick out of the lane, and to his credit he drove hard to the basket most of the night.
The Bulls led by 17 entering the fourth quarter, and while the Wizards made one mini-run to cut the lead to eight, Boozer scored a couple of quick buckets and the Bulls were never seriously threatened. Boozer scored 12 of his 18 points in the quarter, hitting all 6 of his field goal attempts.
Korver scored his 17 points by making 5 of 12 three's on the night, in fact he took only one shot that wasn't from behind the arc. Noah continued his resurgence, putting up 14 points (on only 6 FGA), 13 rebound and a season-high seven assists.
The Wizards were led by Wall's 20 points and six assists. Nick Young put up 17, but he shot only 6/20 from the field.
This was a game the Bulls were supposed to win, and they did. There was certainly no letdown coming off the tough Miami loss, as Derrick Rose came out and dominated from the opening tip. I don't know if John Calipari calls Derrick each time he faces John Wall, but Rose certainly takes those matchup seriously and usually dominates them completely.
The Bulls are off today before heading to Philadelphia for a big Wednesday night matchup against the surprising Sixers. Doug Collins has his team playing outstanding ball early in the year and this will be a stern test for the Bulls.
Bullsville Radio Highlights