Game 78: Chicago Bulls (39-39) lose to Memphis Grizzlies (42-36), 108-92
April 5, 2016
FedExForum – Memphis, Tennessee
The Bulls held their own against the Grizzlies in the first quarter, and they even led once then. But a 4-2 lead early in the game never meant much considering the Bulls’ 108-92 loss thanks to a lack of effort and poor shooting.
The Bulls never led in again after their 4-2 lead, but they only trailed 23-21 at the end of the first quarter. After that, though, the Grizzlies got off to a quick second quarter start, going on a 7-2 run. The Bulls nearly caught up when Derrick Rose‘s shot cut the deficit to two points but later when scoreless for over two minutes. This just positioned the Grizzlies to get out ahead by a significant margin.
By halftime, the Bulls trailed by 10, 54-44, and they never recovered.
The Grizzlies’ made things even worse for the Bulls in the third quarter, extending their lead to as many as 22 points.
The Bulls gave the Grizzlies a bit of a scare in the fourth quarter, though. They went on a 10-0 run to cut their deficit to 11 points after entering the final period down 18 points, but they couldn’t capitalize further. The Bulls’ play went back to being dull and sloppy.
Player of the Game
Randolph led all scorers with 27 points to go with his 10 rebounds for a double-double. He also added four assists and two steals. He shot 10-for-19 from the field and was nearly perfect from the charity stripe: 7-of-8.
Nikola Mirotic was not only the Bulls’ leading scorer with 20 points, but he was also the only Bull to really be efficient from the 3-point line. He went 6-of-9 from downtown while the rest of his team was 5-for-20.
The Bulls had nearly twice as many turnovers as the Grizzlies did with 20. So not only did the Bulls give the Grizzlies more opportunities to extend their lead, but they also didn’t do themselves any favors, making it even tougher for them to get back in the game.
The Bulls shot 37.9 percent on 3-pointers, which was actually a higher percentage than the Grizzlies, but the Bulls put up 10 more 3-pointers than the Grizzlies did with 29 attempts. And the Bulls simply couldn’t connect on enough on them continued to settle for them even when they were in a large deficit.
The Bulls will have another chance to improve their playoffs hopes Thursday night when they play the Miami Heat in South Beach.
Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.