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NBA scores: Bulls shooting runs hot-and-cold

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.

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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.