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Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-11-07


Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-11-07Already this season, the Bulls' defensive turnaround has been drastic. A year ago, they allowed 102.5 points per game, their highest total since 1990, when the NBA was a higher-scoring league.

On Tuesday, they beat Milwaukee 83-81, then pulled out an 86-85 squeaker at Cleveland two days later. The Bulls' defense forced the Cavs to shoot 40.7 percent from the field.

"We focused a lot on defense in training camp," forward Luol Deng said. "We've got a lot of guys who play different positions, so we're able to mix and match it."

They had a good plan against the Cavaliers, trying to keep LeBron James from driving to the basket and guarding center Shaquille O'Neal tight without allowing too many kick-out three-pointers.

"It's good that we're getting some stops that we need to," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We need to make some more shots to be more effective and score a few more points. That will come as we get more comfortable with some other things."

The Bulls are back at home Saturday to face the Bobcats and ex-Bulls center Tyson Chandler. The Bulls are 7-2 all-time at the United Center against the Bobcats.

BULLS 86, CAVALIERS 85: The Bulls clamped down on defense when they needed it and pulled out a tense victory over Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday. This was quite a difference from a week ago, when the Bulls visited Boston and lost by 28 points.

Guard Derrick Rose (14 points, 11 assists) gave the Bulls an 86-82 lead by hitting a runner in the lane with 1:44 left. LeBron James (25 points) came right back with a three-pointer to trim the advantage to one point, then the Bulls came up with three defensive stops to finish the win.

After Cavs guard Mo Williams missed twice, James drove to the rim in the final seconds, drew some contact and lost the ball out of bounds with two-tenth of a second left on the clock. The home fans howled for a call, but Bulls center Joakim Noah stood his ground and when James initiated contact, he lost control of the ball.


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Added: November 7, 2009

 

 
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