Bulls vs Bucks Game Preview, 2/4/2012, 7:30 PM CT, WGN America

Bulls vs Bucks Game Preview, 2/4/2012, 7:30 PM CT, WGN America

Here are tonight's game notes, courtesy of NBA Media Central:

Last week, Chicago defeated Milwaukee 107-100 in their first meeting of the season … Derrick Rose led the way with 34 points, while Carlos Boozer (20 points and 13 boards) and Joakim Noah (15 points and 16 boards) both recorded double-doubles … last year, the Bulls went 4-0 versus Milwaukee, sweeping the season series for the first time since 2006-07, and just the third time since 1998-99 … since the 2003-04 season, Chicago has gone a combined 23-10 against Milwaukee (14-3 at the UC) … the Bulls are 71-37 all-time in the Windy City, including 29-8 at the United Center … the Bulls are 9-4 versus the Bucks since Scott Skiles was named Milwaukee’s Head Coach prior to the 2008-09 campaign; over the parts of five seasons with the Bulls (2003-07), Skiles went 165-172 with the Bulls, and guided Chicago to the postseason three times (10-12) … the Bulls are 5-8 versus the Bucks in overtime contests, with the most recent overtime contest occurring on March 4, 2007, a 126-121 Bulls’ victory in Milwaukee.

Derrick Rose has posted 30 or more points in four out of his last five games. Highlighted by a season high 35-point performance at Washington on Monday evening. Rose is averaging 30.3 ppg (153 points) over his last five games.

Tonight is Chicago’s 16th road game of the season. To date, the Bulls lead the NBA (tied with Toronto) in road games played.

Chicago leads the NBA in road wins with 10. Oklahoma City and Indiana are each second with nine road victories.

After losing at Philadelphia on Wednesday night, the Bulls won at New York on Thursday to avoid their first two-game losing streak in the regular season in almost a year (Feb. 5-7, 2011). The Bulls' streak of 58 consecutive regular-season games without losing two in a row is more than twice as long as the next-longest current streak for any NBA team. Chicago's streak is the longest of its kind for the franchise since the 1997-98 season, when they played 59 straight games without losing two in a row (Elias Sports Bureau).

Chicago is presently in the midst of a nine-game road trip (Jan. 29-Feb. 12). It is the third-longest road trip in franchise history, and the team’s longest since 1992-93, when the Bulls also played nine straight games on the road (6-3). In 1974-75, Chicago played a team-record 11 straight games away from home (7-4). The Bulls are 2-2 thus far on the trip.

The Bulls’ 19-6 record is the fourth-best start in franchise history after 25 games. Chicago started 23-2 in 1995-96, 22-3 in 1996-97 and 21-4 in1991-92.

13 of Chicago’s 19 wins have been by 10 or more points. The Bulls are second in the NBA in scoring differential (+8.2 points). Philadelphia is first (+11.6 points).

Against New Jersey on Jan. 23, Richard Hamilton scored 22 points (10-16 FG) and he handed out 10 assists to help the Bulls beat the Nets. It was the third game of Hamilton’s NBA career (852 regular season games) in which he reached double figures in both field goals and assists, but it was the first of those games in which he shot 50 percent or higher from the floor (Elias Sports Bureau).

Through his first nine games of the season, Joakim Noah grabbed 67 rebounds (7.4 rpg). Over his last 15 games since, he has grabbed 154 boards (10.3 rpg).

On. Jan. 20 at Cleveland, Chicago set a franchise record with 16 blocked shots (prev. 15, vs. New York on Dec. 14, 2007). The Bulls recorded just three blocks in the first half. Chicago also set another team record for most blocks in a quarter with nine in the fourth quarter (prev. seven, vs. Utah on Jan. 7, 2005, 4th quarter), and tied a team record with 13 blocks in the second half (last done. vs. Atlanta on Dec. 20, 1977 in the second half).

Through their first 10 home games this season, the Bulls are 9-1 and have held their opponents to 81.0 ppg, .405 from the field and .311 from downtown. Chicago is also outrebounding their foes 46.9 rpg (469) to 41.8 rpg (418) and dishing out 21.9 apg (219) to their opponents 17.5 apg (175).

Chicago has started the season 9-1 at home. Dating back to last season, the Bulls are 45-6 (.882) at the United Center. Against Phoenix on Jan. 17, each of the Bulls starters finished in double figures in points, and each had at least one rebound, at least one assist and at least one steal. The Bulls have not won a game in which all five starters scored in double figures and each filled the rebounds, assists and steals columns since Jan. 26, 1993, when Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, B.J. Armstrong and Stacey King did it in a 123-88 win at Dallas (Elias Sports Bureau).

The Bulls broke the previous NBA shot-clock-era record for the fewest points allowed in a team’s first five home games of the season. The previous record was 378 points allowed by the Detroit Pistons in their first five home games in 2002; the Bulls have allowed 334 points over their first five home games (Elias Sports Bureau).

Chicago is allowing 88.4 ppg (third in the NBA). The Bulls’ team record for opponent scoring in a season is 89.6 ppg (1997-98). In Chicago’s 78-64 win over Washington on Jan. 11, Bulls guard John Lucas III filled in for the injured Derrick Rose. Lucas, in his first career start, responded with 25 points, eight rebounds, eight assists (two turnovers) and one steal in 45:38 of play. In the process, Lucas set career highs in points, rebounds, assists, minutes played, field goals made and attempted (11-28 FG).

Chicago is 9-0 this year when it holds its opponent to less than 85 points. Last year, the Bulls held their opponent to 85 points or less an NBA-best 29 times (27-2).

Chicago has held its opponents to less than 100 points in 17 of its first 24 games (the Bulls have held opponents to 75 points or less six times). The Bulls are 15-3 when holding their opponent under the century mark.

On the season, Chicago ranks second in rebounds per game (44.6), second in offensive rebounds per game (13.0), third in points allowed (88.4), third in blocks per game (6.24), fourth in opponent rebounds per game (39.8), sixth in assists per game (22.2), seventh in field goal percentage (.460), seventh in turnovers per game (14.2), eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.368) and ninth in opponent field goal percentage (.431).

At Minnesota on Jan. 10, Derrick Rose scored 31 points and handed out 11 assists in the Bulls’ win over the Timberwolves. It was the seventh 30/10 game of Rose’s career, tying Guy Rodgers for second-most in Bulls history. Michael Jordan is the record-holder; he had at least 30 points and 10 assists in a game 38 times. All seven of Rose’s 30/10 games have come since the start of the 2010-11 campaign, one more than Russell Westbrook for the most such games in the NBA over that span. (Elias Sports Bureau)

Information for this article was provided by NBA Media Central

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  • Hi Don - Just an opinion, but with the opponents on the schedule for the next four games being rather awful, the notion of risking Deng seems a bit foolish. The other side of that coin is, I suppose, get him some game time before the Boston game and the upcoming home stand.

    5 games in the next 9 days must seem like a vacation!! Thibs, of course, salivates at the thought of practice time!

  • I agree with you 100% MoneyBoy, I wouldn't bring Deng back until it's absolutely necessary.

    Home court would be nice in the playoffs, but as long as we finish in the top 2 so we don't see the Heat until the conference finals, that's all that really matters. You have to be able to win on the road in the playoffs anyway.

  • They are!! 11-5 is basically a push with OKC's 9-4 !

  • During the Bulls 6 championship runs, in the NBA Finals they were:

    12-5 at home
    12-6 on the road

    It was a different story heading up to the Finals:

    40-4 at home
    23-11 at home

    The Bulls only played two Game 7's ever, and they were both at home, and of course they won both.

    I'll agree that it's huge to have home court if you get to a Game 7, but if you can't win on the road you're probably not going to get to Game 7.

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