If the Chicago Bulls put up many more games like this, head coach Tom Thibodeau may consider sitting reigning MVP Derrick Rose much more often. The Bulls annihilated the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night 95-64 without Rose, who was given the night off as he continues to deal with a myriad of nagging injuries, including back spasms and turf toe.
The Bulls held the Bobcats to 33% shooting as a team including 12% from three, which was more than enough for their offense, which was led by center Joakim Noah, who put up 17 points on 7-9 shooting to go along with 14 rebounds. Carlos Boozer was right behind his frontcourt partner with 16 points, which came on 8-19 shooting, and six rebounds.
In Rose's absence, the duo of C.J. Watson and John Lucas combined for 18 points on 7-15 shooting, seven assists and six rebounds. The two also locked down the Bobcats backcourt, which was without starters D.J. Augustin and Gerald Henderson, most notably with Watson securing four steals.
The Bulls will take Saturday off as they travel north along the East Coast to meet the Boston Celtics on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CST.
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