With the struggles of the Brooklyn Nets under first-year head coach Jason Kidd and the loss of Derrick Rose to another knee injury for the Chicago Bulls, the opener of the Christmas Day showdowns wasn’t what many thought it would be, but it was to be played nonetheless.
Without Rose, though, Bulls forward Taj Gibson showed up to play today as he led his squad to an easy 95-78 victory inside the Barclays Center on Wednesday.
Gibson was easily the most dominant player on the floor, scoring 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting, while adding in eight rebounds and two assists in the 28 minutes that he saw off the bench.
That wasn’t all Chicago got off the bench in this one, as point guard D.J. Augustin dropped in 13 points in 33 minutes of play.
Once again, the Nets struggled to get anything going on the offensive side of the ball, as they were harassed by the Bulls’ defense virtually all game.
Deron Williams led Brooklyn with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
With the win, the Bulls move to 11-16 on the season, and with the loss, the Nets dropped even further to 9-19.