Last night the Chicago Bulls put a 114-81 beatdown on the Atlanta Hawks. The Bulls were, in a word, impressive. But the final score doesn’t even begin to tell the story of Chicago’s complete and total dominance of the Hawks.
No, in fact, last night’s win over the Hawks was actually over at halftime, and if you’ve ever wanted to see a peaking, determined squad play a nearly perfect half of basketball, find a place to watch the replay of last night’s first half.
The Bulls, who could be running away with the Eastern Conference’s top seed, entered the locker room at the break up 72-43. That’s a 29-point lead. At the half. Over the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. And that doesn’t even begin to tell the story of how incredible Chicago was last night.
Let’s go inside the numbers from Chicago’s insane first half performance last night:
-The Bulls shot 73.8 percent from the field (31-for-42).
-They shot 77.8 percent from 3-point range (7-of-9).
-As a team, Chicago finished the half with 19 assists against just one turnover.
-The Bulls had 19 assists on their 31 field goals, a fantastic percentage.
-They out-rebounded the Hawks (a very good rebounding team) 16 to 12.
-Eleven players got in for the Bulls and 10 of them scored (Ronnie Brewer kept them from being perfect).
-Derrick Rose finished the half with 20 points and seven assists. He also went 4-of-4 from 3-point range.
-Luol Deng had 20 points in the opening half on 8-of-10 shooting.
-Only one player who took a shot in the first half for Chicago shot below 50 percent. That was Kyle Korver who was 2-of-5.
Those numbers are astounding. But the most incredible statistic from last night’s first half is the fact that the Hawks shot 50 percent as a team (17-of-34) from the field and somehow trailed by 29 points at the break.
Honestly, there was nothing the Hawks could have done last night to slow down the Bulls. Atlanta just happened to be standing on the tracks when the train came through.