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News » Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-03-01

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-03-01

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-03-01
In their last three home games, the Bulls have beaten Houston, Orlando and Denver -- three teams that were a combined 61 games over .500 through Saturday's action.

On the road, they lost to Washington, New Jersey and Indiana last week -- three teams that were a combined 47 games below .500.

In other words, the Bulls have become a schizophrenic team, one that has the athleticism to scramble from behind the way they did in Saturday's 17-point, fourth-quarter comeback against the Rockets. But they're still capable of flat, lifeless efforts like the 23-point loss in Washington on Friday while President Obama, a self-described "diehard Bulls fan," watched from the front row.

The new players acquired before the trade deadline have played reasonably well, but some of the holdovers have struggled to maintain their performance level.

"Whether it's because of the trades, it doesn't matter," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "You're still getting paid to do a job, and it's a great job, so you should respect it and go out and do it."

The rotation probably will be shorter when the Bulls visit Charlotte on Tuesday. Forward Luol Deng might have a stress fracture in his lower leg, while forward Tim Thomas is questionable due to a left quad tendon strain.

On their first trip to Charlotte this season on Dec. 16, the Bulls lost 110-101 in overtime after rookie Derrick Rose was called for a three-shot foul in the final seconds on Bobcats guard D.J. Augustin. The Bulls howled in protest at the call, but Augustin, who scored 29 points, buried all three free throws to send the game to overtime.

BULLS 105, ROCKETS 102: Trailing by 17 points with just under six minutes remaining, the Bulls launched a massive comeback to beat Houston on Saturday at the United Center. Chicago closed the game with a 23-3 run as both Derrick Rose and Ben Gordon scored 11 points down the stretch.

After Gordon tied the score by floating an 18-foot jumper over the outstretched hand of Rockets center Yao Ming, Rose gave the Bulls their first lead of the night by finishing a runner in the lane with 32.1 seconds left.

Houston's Ron Artest (32 points) missed a pair of 3-point shots on the next trip.

After Bulls forward John Salmons added a free throw, he blocked Artest's final off-balance 3-point attempt. Rose played the entire second half and scored 16 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter.

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