Bulls set franchise record in victory over Hawks


Bulls set franchise record in victory over Hawks

Entering the game against another struggling opponent, questions centered around the Bulls .500 record at home along with losing some of their edge in playing non-marquee rivals. When the ball was tipped, those concerns quickly shifted to how many records the offensive futility of the Atlanta Hawks would set.

The Bulls won easily, 97-58 and in the process set an opponent franchise-low for points in the process and held Atlanta to 29 percent from the field. The previous low was 59, set last season in an 85-59 victory over the Orlando Magic on March 19.

Carlos Boozer continued his impressive play, earning his eighth double-double in the last nine games. The 20-point, 13-rebound performance gave the power forward the Eastern Conference lead with 20 double-doubles this season.

The Bulls jumped out to a 26-15 in the first quarter, holding Atlanta to just 33 percent shooting, but things got worse for the Hawks.

Atlanta managed just five points in the second period, setting their franchise record for fewest points in a quarter, which set a Bulls franchise record for fewest points allowed in a half and tied a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a quarter.

The Hawks shot just 9.5 percent in the period (20 percent in the half) and had more turnovers (12) than field goals (8).

Atlanta did show some emotion in the third quarter, with two technicals and a flagrant foul by Devin Harris, who body-blocked Kirk Hinrich on a layup attempt in mid-air.

The remaining suspense in the game revolved around if the Hawks would set a new franchise low of points scored along with setting a new opponent low for field goal percentage. They avoided both, narrowly.

Three Things to Watch: Bulls dance with Warriors


Three Things to Watch: Bulls dance with Warriors

Is there any better way to break in your new Black Friday television than Bulls-Warriors tonight? We think not. Coverage starts at 9 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live, and the game is also available to stream via the NBC Sports app

Here are three things to keep your eye on: 

1. Not the score. Let's be honest: the Bulls probably won't sneak out a win at the Oracle. In fact, ESPN's matchup predictor only gives Fred Hoiberg's young squad a 2.9 percent chance to come up victorious. UIC has three times better odds against juggernaut Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Sunday, in case you needed some context.  

With the talent gap in mind, though, it will be important for the Bulls to come out with high energy. The Warriors will likely take the contest lightly in the first half, so starting off strong reflects well on the coaching staff and starters. Stay within 10 points by the half, and that's considered a massive triumph. 

2. Lauri Markkanen vs. Draymond Green? Assuming the Dubs start out with Green on Markkanen, this will be rookie's biggest test of the season. Green is an elite defender, capable of wrecking gameplans from the tip. He's physical, quick and athletic. 

Markkanen is coming off two duds on the West Coast trip, but his aggressiveness hasn't wavered. It'll be important for him to continue to attack even with the reigning Defensive Player of the Year hounding him. 

3. Steph, KD and Klay doin' work. The Bulls offense hasn't exactly been a thing of beauty through the first 16 games. Their offensive rating is a brutal 94.4, ranked last in the NBA. Golden State, on the other hand, sits at the top with a rating of 113.1. 

Take some time to admire the skills of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson because when it comes to working cohesively on offense, they've set the gold standard. 

Bring your own stuffing: Jazz swat Bulls on Thanksgiving Eve

Bring your own stuffing: Jazz swat Bulls on Thanksgiving Eve

On the second (turkey) leg of a back-to-back, the Bulls didn't bring much energy in a 110-80 loss to the Utah Jazz. 

Instead of diving into the nitty-gritty of the uninspiring effort, though, we decided to just serve you up a Thanksgiving meal of highlights. Here are the top blocks from Wednesday's game: 

5. Derrick Favors is no Rudy Gobert -- that we know -- but imitation is the highest form of flattery. 

4. Are Bobby Portis chase down blocks the new LeBron James chase down blocks? Let's not get carried away... yet. We'll chalk it up to just a real nice hustle play by Bobby. 

3 and 2. Speaking of hustle plays... Jonas Jerebko isn't exactly known as a dominant defender. He sure made it hard for the Bulls on what should of been an easy fast-break bucket in the third quarter, though. First, he silenced Kris Dunn's reverse. Then, he met Lauri Markkanen at the rim and sent the rookie packing. The Baby Bulls 2.0 can blame it on fatigue, but they just handed Jerebko a highlight tape for years to come.   

1. In fairness, Jerian Grant had to get up a shot as the quarter was coming to a close. It is as vicious as it looks, though.