Game 5: Chicago Bulls (3-2) lose to New York Knicks (2-3), 117-104
Nov. 4, 2016
United Center – Chicago
Despite Dwyane Wade‘s 35-point performance, it wasn’t enough for the Bulls. Chicago’s offense was inefficient and lacked much ball movement, something that had really helped the team get the three wins it has.
The Knicks opened the game with a 13-3 lead, going on an 11-0 run to achieve such a point differential. Wade’s play helped the team get the team back into the game, but the Bulls were never able to reestablish their offense, let alone muster up the defensive stops needed to slow down New York.
Player of the Game
In Rose’s return to Chicago, he posted a double-double of 15 points and 11 assists. Coming into the game, Rose was only averaging 2.5 assists over the course of four games, making his 11 assists a bigger deal. The Chicago native didn’t shoot too well at 6-of-16 from the field and made all three of his free throws. He also added seven rebounds, which was second-best on his team.
Wade was phenomenal Friday night, as evidenced by his 35-point and 10-rebound performance. But he also shot very well, too: 12-for-20 from the field, a whopping 5-of-7 on 3-pointers and 6-for-8 shooting from the charity stripe. He played a big role in keep the Bulls in the game, but he alone couldn’t win the game for them.
All five of the Knicks’ starters scored in double figures. Rose had the lowest of them with 15 points, but even then, his 11 assists accounted for other baskets. In contrast, only three Bulls scored in double figures:Jimmy Butler (26), Nikola Mirotic (14) and Wade (35).
A 44.0 percent field goal percentage is a typically good, but not when compared to a 51.7 percent field goal percentage, which is what the Knicks shot. Furthermore, the Knicks did so on 46-for-89 shooting. Meanwhile, the Bulls were 37-for-84.
Coming into Friday’s game, the Bulls averaged 26.5 assists. On Friday, they managed only 15 assists, so the ball movement was clearly lacking. Interestingly enough, the Knicks found themselves moving the ball very well, as the Bulls had been doing in previous games, dishing out a total of 32 assists.
Doug McDermott returned from his one-game absence after missing Wednesday’s game because he was going through the league’s concussion protocol. He took a hit to the head in Monday’s win over the Nets.
In that same game, Michael Carter-Williams suffered a left knee bone bruise and sprained his right wrist. He was determined to miss four to six weeks.
The Bulls will complete their first back-to-back of the season when they face the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
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