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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