NBA scores: Bulls shooting runs hot-and-cold

Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls (13-10) started their week with an ugly loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday but bounced back on Tuesday by knocking off the Boston Celtics.

Carlos Boozer has been the only consistent shooter for the Chicago Bulls early this week. That says something, doesn't it. Not that Boozer has ever been a bad offensive player, but he's a guy the Bulls don't want to have to rely upon because it means the defense will probably take a hit if he's playing huge minutes.

On Monday night, Chicago suffered through a stinker of a game as they fell to the Memphis Grizzlies. In that contest, Chicago shot just 37.3 percent from the field (28-for-75 FGs), and Boozer clocked in as the leading scorer with 16 points on 7-of-17 shooting as the Bulls mustered just 71 points but let Memphis get 80.

As is often the case under Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls found a way to avoid a losing streak. They bounced back with an impressive performance (50.0 percent shooting) against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday to get back in the win column with a comfortable 100-89 victory. Boozer again played well (21 points on 7-of-17 shooting, 12 rebounds), but this time he got help from Luol Deng (21 points on nine shots), Taj Gibson (13 points, 6-of-9 shooting) and Nate Robinson (18 points on 12 shots).

The Bulls currently own the No. 4 spot in the NBA playoff bracket, and they have a one-game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers in the Central Division.

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