The Chicago Bulls earned a wire-to-wire road victory by defeating the New Jersey Nets 108-87 at the Prudential Center on Monday night. Star guard Derrick Rose exited early with back spasms, but coach Tom Thibodeau didn't need him. The Bulls outclassed the Nets from the start with hot shooting and crisp ball shooting. The win moved Chicago to 21-6, while New Jersey drops to 3-8.
Chicago shot 40-of-72 (55 percent) from the field, while New Jersey was just 32-of-70 (40.5 percent). The Bulls also finished with 10 more assists (29-19) and connected on six more three-pointers.
Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 24 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Luol Deng played 34 minutes and scored 19 points. C.J. Watson played well in Rose's place, finishing with 14 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds.
Deron Williams scored 25 to lead New Jersey. Sundiata Gaints scored 12 and Jordan Farmar scored 11 off the bench for New Jersey.