Chicago Bulls Vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Bulls Win 99-90

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BULLS ANALYSIS: It's Not Just Derrick Rose's Team

Derrick Rose is the undisputed leader and star of the Bulls, but last night’s 99-90 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder — one of the better teams in the strong Western Conference — proved that the Bulls can win even when Rose has a bad game.

Rose was 3-for-13 shooting from the floor and had five turnovers, one of his worst games of the season — and yet the Bulls won with relative ease, largely because Carlos Boozer had his best game to date, with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Boozer finally looked in sync with the rest of the team — that’s actually pretty good, after playing just four games — and it means that in the future, if teams double-team Rose, Boozer can get loose and dominate games.

Joakim Noah also pulled down 12 rebounds after a couple of poor games on the boards last week.

The Bulls have a quick jaunt to Cleveland to face the declining Cavaliers tomorrow before they come home for a marquee matchup against the Lakers (which will be nationally televised on ESPN) on Friday.

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Carlos Boozer Has First Double Double With The Bulls To Pace Win Over Thunder

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer racked up a season-best 29 points to go along with 12 rebounds, as Chicago downed Oklahoma City, 99-90, at United Center.

Luol Deng donated 19 points and eight rebounds, Kyle Korver chipped in with 13 points off the bench and Chicago came out on top against one of the league’s top teams despite just 11 points on 3-of-13 shooting from Derrick Rose. The Bulls have won two games in a row.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points with five rebounds, Nenad Krstic contributed 18 points and six rebounds and Russell Westbrook added 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Thunder, who have lost two of three.

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Chicago Bulls Vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Welcome, Kevin Durant, To Chicago

The Bulls opened the season against the Thunder in Oklahoma City, and despite hanging with them until late in the fourth quarter, lost that Oct. 27 game 106-95. That's not too big of a surprise -- most NBA teams have a strong home-court advantage.

The Thunder, though, is actually better on the road than at home -- they're 7-3 away, 7-4 at home. Kevin Durant still leads the league in scoring with 27.4 points per game, but Derrick Rose is a fairly close third at 25.7. It'll be an interesting matchup between the two tonight, particularly with Carlos Boozer back; Boozer wasn't available in the previous game between the two teams and after a couple of rough outings, appeared back in sync playing his normal game when the Bulls beat the Rockets in overtime on Saturday night.

In other NBA news, the league took over the New Orleans Hornets today. That's another sign of how rough things are financially for many NBA squads, some of whom had to be bailed out by the league last year. Why is this important to Chicago fans? Because a report in Sports Illustrated named Chicago as one of several possible markets (St. Louis, Anaheim and Kansas City were some others) where the Hornets might move if the league wanted to relocate them.

Could you imagine another NBA team in Chicago? They could play at the Allstate Arena, at least on a temporary basis; that arena seats about 18,500 for hockey and could probably seat 20,000 for NBA games, and has 48 luxury suites.

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

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