The Stat Line of the Night — 12/7/10 — Carlos Boozer
Here is a statement that most NBA enthusiasts have not been used to hearing the past three years: The Bulls won a game in spite of Derrick Rose having an off night. Not only did that happen last night, but it came against one of the elite teams in the league, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thanks to the return of a healthy Carlos Boozer, the Bulls were able to dismantle the Thunder 99-90 in spite of Derrick Rose’s 3 for 13 shooting performance.
Boozer missed the entire first quarter of the season with a broken finger he suffered before the preseason began. After a few shaky starts he has started to return to form, capped by last night’s 29-point performance. Boozer was hitting jumpers from everywhere on the court and collecting rebounds as his frontcourt mate Joakim Noah rode the bench with foul trouble. Boozer went 13 for 21 from the field and also made 3 of his 4 free throws. He was also able to snag 12 rebounds. Luol Deng also scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to help in the effort.
The Bulls are a rising young team in the East, but most experts have them pegged as a team of the future. With the return of Boozer and the Bulls surprising ability to win on the road early in the season, it is starting to look like their time might be now and not 2-3 years from now. But for now, Boozer wins “The Stat Line of the Night”.