Coming off a rough performance against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Chicago Bulls have been positively on fire en route to leading 67-47 going into halftime against the Phoenix Suns. The Eastern Conference leaders put up a ridiculous 39 points in the first half, which is more than they scored in the entire first half against Memphis.
Usually the Bulls win with defense, but in the first half it was the offense that carried them. Even without reigning MVP Derrick Rose, the Bulls have had little trouble scoring against a porous Suns defense. Chicago shot 67 percent from the field in the first half, and made just two turnovers in spite of the fast-paced play.
Carlos Boozer was huge in the first half for the Bulls, carrying the load with 26 points on 12-for-15 shooting. He hasn't played as well as Chicago would like thus far, but he's stepping up so far for the Bulls without their best player. C.J. Watson has also been very effective in replacing Rose at point guard, making all five of his shots and all four of free throws for 15 points in just 13 minutes.
The Suns got a strong first half from point guard Steve Nash, who scored 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting while adding seven assists. Phoenix shot 51 percent from the field in the first half but looked pretty abysmal on the defensive end.
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