Carlos Boozer, Rip Hamilton, and Nate Robinson led the way as the Bulls destroyed the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-86 Friday night, moving to 2-0 on the season without MVP Derrick Rose.
Boozer led the offense early, and finished with 19 points (7/11 FG), 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Hamilton hit 7/8 FG in the 3rd quarter in matching Boozer's game-high 19 points, and Robinson did an incredible job filling in for a foul-plagued Kirk Hinrich, finishing with 16 points (7/9 FG), 12 assists and 5 rebounds.
The Bulls showed their complete team game tonight, as they had 34 assists on 44 field goals. Hinrich and Robinson combined to hold Kyrie Irving to 15 points (6/15 FG) and four assists with four turnovers. The defense was outstanding, and the offense could not have possibly been more efficient as the Bulls shot 63.8% from the field.
The entire team played well, even rookie PG Marquis Teague was outstanding in garbage time. He looked like an actual point guard running the offense, finishing with 3 assists in his 3:32 of playing time.
There isn't much more to say about this game, the Bulls played a perfect game for the most part, and any fans who had questions about how the team would play with Derrick Rose sidelined should go away after tonight.
Of course they won't, because so far the Bulls have only defeated a pair of lottery teams. But this blogger still believes that the Bulls can win 50 games this year, because they are a veteran team that "plays the right way" and defends like no other team in the NBA.