Wade’s 35 points not enough to spoil Rose and Noah’s homecoming
Dwyane Wade may have been the game’s leading scorer with 35 points Friday night, and he may have even posted a double-double in the process. But it was Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and the New York Knicks who came away with the 117-104 win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, allowing Rose and Noah to get the bragging rights over their former team.
In Rose and Noah’s first time back at the United Center since leaving the Bulls franchise, they and their team made sure to make an impact from the get-go. The Knicks opened the game with a 13-3 run thanks in part to the Knicks’ active offense and also in part to the Bulls’ sloppy play.
Noah scored the Knicks’ second bucket of the night, starting the Knicks’ 11-0 run that ended coming out of a Bulls timeout. Wade broke New York’s run with a bucket of his own, and he went on to have an effective first half.
Chicago struggled to come back at first, ending the first quarter with a nine-point deficit. A big factor in this was that the Bulls simply weren’t running the offense as efficiently as they had prior in the young season. The quick transition play was nowhere to be seen.
But Wade’s play in the second quarter helped the Bulls back into the game. Wade made the first shot of the second quarter, a 3-pointer, and went on to score 10 points in the period. Of his 10 points, nine of them came off of 3-pointers.
But Wade’s second-quarter scoring spree didn’t even account for a third of the Chicago’s points in that period.
The Bulls totaled 34 points in the second quarter, helping them come back from what was once a 16-point deficit. Unlike the first quarter, the Bulls moved the ball and rebounded well as well as got good looks at shots. But this was barely enough for Chicago to gain its first lead since the first quarter, 57-56.
The third quarter started off pretty evenly as both teams were trading baskets. But a 5-0 Knicks run put New York back in the driver’s seat. The Bulls stay in the game for the rest of the quarter, but they couldn’t make a run of their own to gain momentum.
Chicago’s hopes dwindled even more when New York started the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run. From there, the Bulls still couldn’t find a way to efficiently run the offense, and it prevented them from grabbing the win.
The Bulls are now 3-2 and will complete their first back-to-back of the season Saturday night when they face the Indiana Pacers.
Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.