Chicago Bulls Vs. Golden State Warriors: Bulls Record Biggest Win Of Season

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ANALYSIS: Bulls' Balanced Attack Producing Victories

It’s fairly big news that Joakim Noah had only seven rebounds in the Bulls’ 120-90 blowout of the Warriors last night.

Why? Because over the first six games of this season, Noah had averaged 15.7 points and 15 rebounds a game. There are only two players in NBA history who had done that before Noah — Kevin Garnett and Shaquille O’Neal, pretty heady company to be in. Noah’s rebounding skills are a big reason the Bulls are now in first place in the Central division.

But another big reason is the balanced scoring attack. In addition to Noah — now averaging 15.9 PPG after scoring 17 in last night’s win — three other Bulls are averaging 15 or more points per game: Taj Gibson (15), Luol Deng (20.3) and Derrick Rose (23.6). Rose is 10th in the NBA as of today. Deng led the Bulls with 26 last night, but five other Bulls scored in double figures.

All of this is why Bulls fans shouldn’t be too unhappy that LeBron James “took his talents to South Beach”. All those “talents” have produced a record that is currently behind 12 other NBA teams.

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Luol Deng And Derrick Rose Both Post Double-Doubles In Bulls' 120-90 Win

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Luol Deng scored 26 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, and dished out six assists, as the Chicago Bulls destroyed the Golden State Warriors, 120-90, from United Center.

Derrick Rose added 22 points and 13 assists for the Bulls, who have won the first two games of a three-game homestand. Joakim Noah finished with 17 points, seven boards, and five assists

Monta Ellis tallied 24 points, five rebounds, and five assists for the Warriors, who were without center David Lee (elbow). Stephen Curry had 17 points, six assists, and five steals for Golden State, which fell to 2-2 on a five-game road trip.

Andris Biedrins’ hook shot gave Golden State an 8-6 edge, but the visitors never led the rest of the way. Chicago responded with a 14-2 run that Rose ended with a jumper for a 20-10 margin with under six minutes to go.

The Bulls ripped off 10 unanswered points moments later to extend their lead. Deng tallied six points during the burst, which Rose ended with a layup and dunk to make it 30-16. The home team took a 34-20 advantage into the second.

Chicago used a 15-3 flurry during the middle stages of the second to essentially put the game out of reach. Taj Gibson had six points during the run that saw the Bulls take a 61-31 lead. It was 66-38 at the half.

The Warriors never threatened in the second half.

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Chicago Bulls Vs. Golden State Warriors: These Aren't Your Father's Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have been an afterthought in recent NBA history. They have had only two winning seasons in the last 16 years and have made the playoffs only once in that time. Among those seasons are five straight years of 21 or fewer wins from 1997-2002.

With the retirement of longtime coach Don Nelson, new coach Keith Smart has a no-name team off to a hot start at 6-2. Guard Monta Ellis, who has back problems from a recent fall on the court, helped lead the Warriors to a win over the Knicks last night with 22 points. Lou Amundson (fractured right index finger) and Ekpe Udoh (left wrist surgery) are out for Golden State.

Meanwhile, the Bulls won on Monday against the Nuggets with a balanced attack that had five players in double figures. Joakim Noah had 19 rebounds and is outpacing the league in that category.

Tonight's game begins at 7 p.m. CST and will be televised on CSN Chicago.

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