Game 11: Chicago Bulls (8-3) defeat Phoenix Suns (6-5), 103-97
November 16, 2015
The Bulls’ quick start propelled them to a 31-18 first quarter lead, but they couldn’t hold on to that. They went into halftime with just a six-point, 53-47 lead over the Suns, and the Bulls could never reestablish such a significant lead.
It also didn’t help that the Bulls kept accumulating turnovers, allowing the Suns to catch up and, eventually, take a 73-72 lead for a little bit of time in the fourth quarter. But Jimmy Butler stepped up, scoring 12 fourth-quarter points. He even sealed Wednesday night’s away game with a dunk.
Player of the Game
Butler was absolutely dominant, posting his first 30-point game of the season. He led all scorers with 32 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 43 minutes. He went 11-of-23 from the field and shot 3-for-7 on threes.
The Bulls had 24 assists to the Suns’ 16, and it particularly helped the Bulls in the first quarter. The Bulls’ 31-18 first-quarter lead was partially due to 11 of their 13 made field goals being assisted on.
Even though the Bulls came away with the victory, they were set back by their turnovers. The Bulls committed seven more turnovers than the Suns did, and these turnovers let the Suns get back into the game.
Matchup of the Game Result
Jimmy Butler versus Eric Bledsoe
Butler obviously got the better outcome of out Wednesday’s game, but Bledsoe still had a nice game. He shot poorly 7-22 FG, 2-8 3PT), but he still managed to score 21 points, grab six rebounds, dish seven assists and get two steals in 39 minutes.
The Bulls face the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors, Friday night at 9:30 p.m. central.
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