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Game Notes: February 2010 Archives

Game Notes For Friday vs. Blazers

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stats inc.jpg* Portland has beaten Chicago five straight times after the Bulls had won five of the previous six games in the series.

* The Trail Blazers have won three straight road games.

* The Bulls have won five of their last six and seven of their last nine contests.

* Derrick Rose has scored 22.8 points per game over his last six, on 54.3 percent shooting from the field; over that span, he has also dished out 6.2 assists and pulled down 5.5 rebounds per game.

* Since missing a dozen games with a strained hamstring, Brandon Roy scored just 13 points in his first two games combined, but he has averaged 23.7 points over the last three contests.

* Over his last dozen contests, Andre Miller has averaged 18.1 points and 6.6 assists, while making 50.6 percent of his field goal attempts.

Game Notes For Wednesday vs. Indy

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stats inc.jpg* The Pacers lost, 91-82, in Dallas on Monday and have now dropped five of their last six games overall. Indiana is just 7-22 on the road this season - second-worst in the Eastern Conference (Nets - 2-27).
* Chicago dropped a 101-95 decision in Washington D.C. on Monday and had its 4-game win streak snapped in the process. The Bulls are 15-7 in their last 22 games overall - second-best in the East since games of January 9.
* Including a 104-95 victory on December 29, the Bulls have won three straight and seven of their last eight home games vs. the Pacers. Chicago has put 100+ points on the board in six consecutive home contests against Indiana.
* The Pacers' leading scorer, Danny Granger is expected to miss his second straight game tonight due to personal reasons. Indiana is 6-12 without Granger in the starting lineup this season.
* Kirk Hinrich is 7-for-11 from 3-point range in his last three games and now has made 775 career field goals from behind the arc - most of any player in Bulls' franchise history (passed Ben Gordon - 770).
* Chicago has won nine games when trailing entering the fourth quarter this season - most of any Eastern Conference team and tied with Phoenix for second-most in the league (New Orleans -11).

Game Notes For Monday @ DC

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* Chicago has won four of its last five games against the Wizards and will be looking to extend its current win streak against them to three in a row. The Bulls won the first meeting between these clubs this season on January 15, 121-119 in double overtime.

* The Wizards have won three of their last four home games, including two in a row.

* The Bulls are outscoring their opponents 113.8 to 94.5 during their current four-game winning streak. Chicago will be looking to tie its season-high with a fifth consecutive victory.

* Taj Gibson tied his career high with 20 points while grabbing 13 rebounds against Philadelphia on Saturday. Gibson is averaging 12.0 rebounds in his last four contests.

* Andray Blatche is averaging 22.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and shooting 59.4 percent from the field over his last four games.

* Chicago tied its season high with eight made three-pointers on Saturday. However, the Bulls have made the fewest three-pointers overall in the league this season (219).

Game Notes For Friday @ Minny

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stats inc.jpg* The Bulls won the first 16 times that they faced the Timberwolves; since then, Minnesota has taken 17 of 23, including three of the last four.

* Chicago has won four of its last five games after dropping three in a row prior to that.

* The Timberwolves have lost four in a row after winning the previous four straight, and they had dropped the five consecutive games before that

* Over his last seven games, rookie Jonny Flynn has made just 34.7 percent of his field goal attempts (25/72), though he has averaged 10.9 points over that time.

* Luol Deng has scored 22.0 points and pulled down 7.3 rebounds per game over his last six contests, with a 52.2 field goal percentage over that stretch.

* In his last nine road games, Derrick Rose has averaged 24.4 points and 6.1 assists while making 51.7 percent of his shots from the floor.

Game Notes For Tuesday vs. Knicks

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stats inc.jpg* These teams have split their two meetings so far this season, with each club winning once on its own home court. Chicago has won 10 of its last 11 home games against New York, including three in a row.

* The Knicks have dropped six of their last seven games overall, including three in a row, and will be looking to snap their current four-game road slide.

* The Bulls have lost two of their last three home games after winning eight of their previous 10 at United Center. Chicago has the fourth-lowest scoring offense at home in the league this season (95.1 ppg).

* Wilson Chandler scored a career-high 35 points against Sacramento last Tuesday in the third 30-point game of his career.

* Luol Deng has scored 20+ points in each of his last four games after reaching the 20-point mark just twice in his previous eight contests. Deng is averaging 23.5 points in his two meetings with the Knicks this season.

* New York has made the third-most three-pointers in the league this season (456), while Chicago has made the fewest (201).

Game Notes For Wednesday vs. Magic

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stats inc.jpg* Orlando is 7-2 against the Bulls since the 2007-08 season, but has lost its last two trips to Chicago, including a 101-93 setback on Jan. 2.

* The Magic have overcome double-digit second-half deficits to win each of their last two games (at Boston and home to the Hornets). They have won six of their last seven games overall.

* The Bulls are 8-1 this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the field, as they did in Tuesday's 109-101 defeat of the Pacers (50.6 percent).

* Luol Deng picked up his 10th double-double of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds Tuesday, and has scored 20+ points in three straight games.

* Derrick Rose leads all second-year players in scoring with 19.9 points per game.

* Vince Carter scored 48 points in Monday's win over the Hornets, making 19-of-27 field goals. It was Carter's most points in over four years (51 vs. Heat on Dec. 23, 2005).

Game Notes For Tuesday @ Indiana

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stats inc.jpg* Chicago defeated the Pacers on December 29, 104-95, evening the series at 35 wins apiece since the beginning of the 1992-93 season.

* The Bulls snapped a three-game losing streak with a 95-91 victory over Miami on Saturday. Chicago can get back to .500 (24-25) with a win on Monday.

* The Pacers lost at Milwaukee on Saturday, 93-81, and have won only once (1-17) when scoring fewer than 105 points since December 18.

* Luol Deng is averaging 21.2 points and 8.0 rebounds over his past five games. For the season overall, his scoring average against teams currently below .500 (19.2) is noticeably higher than it is versus teams at .500 or better (16.7).

* In his last four games against the Pacers, Derrick Rose has seen his scoring output steadily rise (3, 16, 24 and 28). He's averaged 26.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in his last two games versus Indiana.

* In his second game back since returning to action. T.J. Ford scored a season-high 20 points on Saturday. He's connected on 13 of 18 field goals (72.2 percent) over the past two games.

Game Notes For Tuesday vs. Clips

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stats inc.jpg* Since the 2000-01 season, the Clippers' 14-5 record against the Bulls is their best record against any opponent.

* The Bulls are currently working on a season-high 5-game win streak, with all of the victories coming away from home against teams with winning records.

* The Clippers have lost four straight games, with each of the last three coming by at least 14 points.

* The Bulls lead the NBA in rebounds with 45.7 boards per game. On the year, Chicago is 18-8 when it outrebounds its opponent. Chicago also leads the NBA in blocks per game with 6.48 a contest, and is second in defensive FG percentage at .436.

* Baron Davis has scored at least 28 points in back-to-back games for the first time since March 4-5, 2008.

* Joakim Noah, a career 71 percent free throw shooter, has gone 45-for-49 (.918) from the line over his last 12 games.