It isn’t often that Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls are on the right side of a high-scoring blowout, but when you shoot 50% from the floor and 59% from 3-point distance, it is much easier to pull way in a dominant, 117-89 victory.
Chicago blasted the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night, and they did so on the strength of that incredibly efficient shooting night combined with their trademark defense. The Bulls placed six players in double-digits on their way to 117 points, but it was two unlikely sources that led the way.
Backup guards DJ Augustin and Tony Snell played the lion’s share of minutes (thanks to the scoreboard), and they didn’t disappoint, combining for 42 points and 8 three-pointers against the small-ish Denver backcourt. When adding that type of production to a starting five that had all members score 8+ points (and play lockdown defense), the recipe writes itself.
On the Denver side, this was a bit of a disaster. The Nuggets were hammered on the glass (-10) and only Randy Foye (23 points, 8-13 FG) and Aaron Brooks (17 points, 7-11 FG in his debut) were able to put up anything reasonable from an offensive standpoint. Denver was active at the trade deadline on Thursday, but without their best player (Ty Lawson), this was an unacceptable performance against a banged-up Bulls team that, honestly, has less talent than a Lawson-less Denver squad.
The Bulls, somehow, keep piling up wins, but despite the “W” on the scoreboard, this was anything but a typical night in Chicago.