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March 2011 Archives

Bulls Game Notes For Tuesday @ Hawks

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* These teams have split their two meetings so far this season, with each club winning once on their own home court. Atlanta has won eight of the last 10 overall matchups between these teams.

* The Bulls scored a season-high 132 points in their win over Sacramento on Monday and are 13-5 in the second of back-to-back games this season.

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* The Hawks defeated Detroit on Sunday, 104-96, hitting the century mark for just the third time in their last 20 contests.

* Derrick Rose was held below 20 points yesterday after recording at least 20 points in each of his previous nine games. Rose scored 34 points in the last meeting between these teams on March 11.

* Al Horford had 18 points and 10 rebounds against the Pistons on Sunday, recording his first double-double since March 4. Horford leads Atlanta with 32 double-doubles this season.

* Chicago picked up its 50th win of the season yesterday, marking the first time since the 1997-98 campaign that they have recorded 50 wins in a single season.

Bulls Game Notes For Monday vs. Kings

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* Chicago has won four of its last five games against Sacramento, including a 96-85 victory in the first meeting between the clubs earlier this season.

* Sacramento defeated Minnesota on Sunday and will be looking to win consecutive games for the first time since January 28-29. The Kings are 5-9 in the second of back-to-back games this season. 

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* The Bulls saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end in a defeat by the Pacers on Friday. Chicago has won each of its last 12 home games and at 30-4 they own the second-best home record in the NBA this season. 

* Derrick Rose scored a career high-tying 42 points against Indiana on Friday and led all scorers with 30 points in the last meeting between these clubs this season.

* Samuel Dalembert has scored at least 26 points in two of his last four games and is averaging 14.0 rebounds over his last four contests.

* Marcus Thornton has scored at least 22 points in eight of his last 11 games after hitting the 20-point mark just twice in his first 48 games on the season.

Bulls Game Notes For Friday @ Indiana

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* Chicago (3-0) will be going for the season series sweep of Indiana. The Bulls have not swept a season series from the Pacers since 1996-97 (4-0).

* The Bulls defeated New Jersey 84-73 on Thursday. The 73 points ties Chicago's season-low for the fewest points allowed in a game this season. They are 17-0 when giving up 82 points or less in 2010-11.

* Indiana is 6-6 against divisional foes this season, but has won three of the last four.

* Omer Asik had a career-high 16 rebounds off the bench and added 11 points, recording his first career double-double, in Thursday's win over the Nets.

* Derrick Rose has scored 20 or more points in eight straight games. That is tied for the second-longest active streak in the league (Dirk Nowitzki - 13).

* Danny Granger is averaging 24.8 points per game against divisional opponents - seventh highest in the NBA (min. 10 G).

Bulls Game Notes For Thursday @ Jersey

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* The Bulls and Nets have split two meetings earlier this season with each team winning on its home court. The Nets have won the last three games between the teams in New Jersey.

* Chicago beat Washington on Tuesday to extend its winning streak to a season-long tying seven games. The Bulls haven't won eight in a row since March/April 2005 (a nine-game streak)

* New Jersey is coming off a victory over Boston on Monday, its fifth straight win. The Nets hadn't won five consecutive games since December 2007/January 2008 and haven't won more than five in a row since a 14-game streak in March/April 2006.

* This is the fourth time this season that teams each riding a winning streak of at least five games have faced off. Road teams are 2-1 in the previous three contests.

* In his last three games, Luol Deng is averaging 21.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game.

* Kris Humphries has collected at least 10 rebounds in seven straight games, the longest streak by a Nets player since Kenyon Martin had an eight-game streak in 2002-03.

Bulls Whip Wizards To Climb Atop East

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Bulls Game Notes For Tuesday vs. Wizards

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* Chicago (3-0) will be looking for a season series sweep of the Wizards. The last time the Bulls swept a season series from Washington was in 1995-96 (4-0).

* The Wizards are being outrebounded by 3.5 boards per game this season (40.8 to 44.3). That is the fourth-worst margin in the NBA. The Bulls, meanwhile, lead the NBA in rebound margin (+5.6).

* The Bulls are holding opponents to just 84.0 points per game during their current six-game win streak.

* Jordan Crawford is averaging 16.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game over his last three contests.

* Joakim Noah has had seven or more rebounds in all 11 games since returning from injury.

* Derrick Rose has made 100 three-pointers in 2010-11. In his first two seasons combined, he hit just 32 shots from beyond the arc.

Bulls Game Notes For Friday vs. Atlanta

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* Atlanta has won three straight and eight of its last nine games against Chicago.

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* The Hawks have lost three straight and four of their last five contests.

* The Bulls have won four in a row, as well as seven of their last eight and 11 of 13.

* Derrick Rose has scored 20+ points in each of the last four ballgames, averaging 23.8 points, 6.0 assists and 1.5 steals over that stretch.

* Since returning from his thumb surgery coming out of the All-Star break, Joakim Noah is tied for third in the NBA with 11.7 rebounds per game (minimum 8 games).

* Josh Smith has posted double-doubles in his last couple of contests versus Chicago, averaging 17.5 points, 16.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists, while going 7-for-14 from the field in both games.

Bulls Game Notes For Wednesday @ Bobcats

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* The Bulls have won six of their last eight road games and six of their last seven games overall. The Bulls have held their last seven opponents to an average of 81.1 points a game and 40.2 percent shooting from the field.

* The Bobcats have won four of their last five games at home against the Bulls. Charlotte has shot just 17.8 percent from the behind the arc against the Bulls in their three meetings this season.

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* Charlotte comes in on a five-game losing streak. Over their last five games, the Bobcats are averaging 81.2 points and have not scored more than 87 points.

* Since the start of February, the Bulls have allowed an average of 8.0 second-chance points per game, the fewest in the NBA over that span.

* Since returning from his thumb injury, Joakim Noah is averaging 5.4 offensive rebounds per game. Prior to this season, Noah had never averaged more than 3.4 offensive rebounds per game over a season.

* Boris Diaw had 19 points, eight assists, and eight rebounds in his last game. In the five games prior to that, he had a total of 21 points.

Bulls Game Notes For Friday @ Orlando

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* The Bulls beat the Magic, 99-90, in Chicago on January 28, but the Magic has won the last five times the teams have met in Orlando.

* Chicago blew a 19-point lead in losing to the Hawks 83-80 on Wednesday. The Bulls became the first team since the start of the 2007-08 season to lose a game in which it led 14-0.

* Meanwhile, the Magic rallied from 24 points down to defeat the Heat on Thursday - the second-largest comeback in franchise history. The franchise record was set on November 8, 1989, when Orlando came back from 25 points down to defeat the Cavaliers.

* Joakim Noah is averaging 12.8 rebounds per game since returning to action on February 23.

* It was a tale of two halves for Derrick Rose against Atlanta on Wednesday. In the first half, Rose had 10 points (on 4-for-10 shooting), seven assists and no turnovers. But after halftime, he had just two points (on 1-for-11 shooting) with five assists and six turnovers.

* Jason Richardson's 24 points against Miami on Thursday were his most in a game since being traded to the Magic.

Bulls Game Notes For Wednesday @ Atlanta

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* This will be the first meeting of 2010-11 between these teams, though the Bulls and Hawks will clash two more times by March 22. Atlanta has won seven of the past eight games in the series, including each of the last two.

* The Bulls have won three in a row and lead the Central Division by 14.5 games. They've allowed fewer than 80 points in each of the last two victories, raising their season total to eight games surrendering fewer than 80, which ties New Orleans for the most in the league.

* The Hawks ended a 3-4 road trip (before and after the All-Star break) with a 100-90 loss at Denver on Monday. Atlanta has not reached triple digits in any of its past 10 games.

* Derrick Rose finished February with an average of 26.4 points per game, the highest average in a calendar month by any Bull since Michael Jordan scored 32.3 points per game in April 1998 (minimum 5 games).

* Carlos Boozer connected on only three of his 11 field-goal attempts on Monday, his lowest percentage (.273) since November 2009. Still, with 12 points and 10 rebounds, he recorded his first double-double since February 7.

* Al Horford is averaging nearly five more points per game at home (18.7) than he is on the road (14.0), in part perhaps because he's committed far fewer personal fouls at home (2.0 per game) than on the road (3.2).