The Thunder had no answer to Boozer, and quite frankly, it's ridiculous that he only went to the line four times as the refs bailed out Durant frequently while Boozer got a technical foul call for pointing at his face after Krstic leveled him in the head on a drive he had to the paint.
Boozer couldn't be stopped in this game and completed several circus shots around the rim, some tough fadeaways, and scored all night long against the Thunder.
The Bulls wouldn't have won this game a week ago
Derrick Rose struggled to get much going on, and maybe if the Bulls needed him more, he wouldn't have struggled so much. Rose hit only three shots on the night, one of which was a half court heave that wasn't in the flow of the game. Otherwise, he struggled to find his way into the paint. Had some questionable decisions on pull ups, and overall, played rather poorly.
However, as he said after the game, all he had to do was pass the ball to Boozer, and he managed to do that plenty tonight. No player has it going on every night, and it's nice that Rose didn't have to expend as much energy tonight in the win.
Joakim Noah was reffed out of the game
If the game were in Oklahoma City, I'd say it was home cooking. Noah fouled out in six minutes and had a few really dicey calls go against him. To add on to the previous point, the Bulls had Noah and Rose play among their worst games this season, and they still basically blew out the Thunder.
The Bulls need to keep it going, but you can see the pieces coming together of a great team.
Carlos Boozer's a bad ass
Okay, the whole intro was about him, what more is there to say? Great game by Boozer, let's hope he can pile up a few more.
Luol Deng had a nice night that was lost inside the Boozer madness
It was Deng who stepped up into the second scorer role tonight to help out Boozer. He did a nice job cutting to the basket, forcing early offense and getting all of his attempts at the hoop without settling for long jumpers.
As a team, the Bulls did an excellent job of attacking the Thunder's interior. I noted before the game, that they have no interior defense, and Tom Thibodeau must have made a point of telling the players, because I can't recall the last time I saw so many non-Rose shots taken in the paint.
Keith Bogans hit some shots
Okay, so he had a few gimmies, but at least he hit them and was only blocked from behind on one of his layup attempts. He knocked down 1/2 from the three point line, and for one night, he wasn't a liability on the court.
Kyle Korver found his groove
The game really started to turn in the second quarter when Kyle Korver found his three point shot and knocked down two threes inside around 30 seconds. It had been a two point game for most of the night, then Korver hit them with a couple daggers. The Thunder had to play catch up the rest of the night, and Bulls fully blew it open in the fourth quarter.
Korver had a quality shooting night, but his threes came from kickouts not from the crazy running off screen plays, which is why I feel he needs to be on the floor with Rose more where he gets more kick outs and less shots off of double screens.
Ronnie Brewer was just called for another foul
Kevin Durant is still in the same zip code, the team plane hasn't left yet. You can't do that Ronnie, you can't be in the same zip code as Kevin Durant.
Omer Asik had two points, two boards and two fouls
That's a pretty mediocre stat line, and you'd think he was fairly lousy if you read it, but Asik looks really good on the court. The more I watch him play, the more quietly I'm excited for when he fully adapts to the NBA game and has a year with a real free throw coach.
Rose played poorly, Noah was reffed out of the game, the Bulls played 5-8 in a horribly officiated game, and they depants the Thunder anyway. How can you not feel good about that?