The Chicago Bulls shot really well, finishing 43-86 (50.0%) from the field, including 14-24 (58.3%) from beyond the arc, to crush the Houston Rockets, 111-87. This is the seventh win for Chicago (36-29) in its last 10 games.
Mike Dunleavy scored 21 points on 8-15 shooting, including 4-6 on 3-point attempts. Other key performers for Chicago were Carlos Boozer with 18 points and 7 rebounds, D.J. Augustin with 13 points and 8 assists, and Joakim Noah with 13 points and 10 rebounds. On 7-13 shooting from the field and 6-6 from the free throw line, Jeremy Lin put up 21 points off the bench for Houston in the loss. Jordan Hamilton chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Surprisingly, the offense of Chicago was successful (58.1% eFG%) against a unit for Houston that is fourth-best in the league in eFG% defense (48.4% opponents' eFG%). Along with their eFG% of 58.1%, the Bulls connected at a rate of 58.3% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (7-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Rockets are 3-6 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This drops Houston (44-21) to 1-1 against Chicago on the year.
Coming up, the Bulls play the Sacramento Kings, who are 23-42 on the season. The Rockets meet the Miami Heat, currently sitting at 44-18 this year. The Bulls have a 0-1 record against Sacramento this season. The Rockets are 1-0 versus Miami this season.